This week I have heard/read several people who mention taking communion together as a family is part of their Thanksgiving celebration. Since Christ’s broken body and shed blood is the primary object of our thanksgiving it makes sense to me. How many of you out there do this or plan on doing this in the future?
Just got back from church and we took communion. I happened to have my biological family with me (mother, daughter, sister, and nephew) but generally we don’t take communion together at home.
Will be doing it, starting a tradition.
I’m so gluttonous on Thanksgiving that it would probably be a sin for me to take communion!
For me at least the Holy Eucharist or “Communion” is something the whole Church does sacramentally in and towards the Death of Christ, in the presence of His Resurrection, Luke 24:30-31! But to share a meal in general thanksgiving is also something bountiful as a people in the overall blessing of Almighty God!
I’ve thought about that before. I think it’s a good idea:)
I think it’s a great idea and will do it next year when we have our thanksgiving dinner with our congregation as a way of doing a kind of biblical fellowship meal topped off with communion. Just read about it too in The Drama of Ephesians book too.
We did it last evening with cornbread and wine – Bulgarians, Germans, an American, and a Brit. Great opportunity.
I like the idea and I am glad to see others doing it. I think I will institute it with my family next year.
Emergent? (cornbread & wine) More individual stuff, but how about the Church and liturgy? Just questions, and a few things to think about.. 🙂
@Fr. Robert: Not everything that isn’t traditional is emergent. The early church likely did communion/eucharist sitting down as a meal. If the church is a thousand people gathered with small portions, or three gathered with larger portions, as long as Christ is consumed the sacrament is in effect.
Brian, That would be more of Anabaptist idea, than the definitive growth of the visible Church to my mind. But to each his own in the so-called free democratic age. And much of that is “emergent”!
If the anabaptist did it, good for them. If some emergent people do it, good for them. If those who are more high-church need a pastor/priest and a full congregation present, good for them. As long as Christ is consumed.
‘Unbelief is blind in matters of sin and holiness. It sees what is outward but not what is inward. Luther distinguishes between unbelief and faith: The ungodly start in the manner of righteousness with the outward and then proceed to the inward. First they simulate works, then words, and later also excercise their thoughts. And this is their goal. Then they offer themselves as teachers, anxious to anounce as holy and divine everything they think, say and do, when as a matter of fact no man can work his way into the secret will of God. The saints begin from within, from His holy will, then follows meditation, then the outward act, and only after this instruction of others.’ (WA)
It seems we are far from the wisdom of Luther today in many places “Christian”.
Thanks for the contextless, unrelated, irrelevant Luther quote…
Yeah, I thought ya would like that! And biblical truth is never “unrelated” or “irrelevant”! But sadly Luther has been!
Let me say this once: it is senseless to drop a quote in the middle of a conversation as if that “settles it”. If you have a thought, share it. Don’t drop Luther, or Calvin, or Barth in the middle of no where. I don’t have time to go to that book to see if you used or abused the quotation. Also, each quote has a context, and I enjoy quotes as much as anyone else, but it doesn’t help the conversation.
I am talking to you, not Luther. If you have nothing to say, I don’t really care to hear what Luther has to say on the subject.
That was my point in quoting Luther! And “you” missed it badly! One has to think, and sometimes outside the box! But then I am just an old man! 🙂
But a “thinking” old man! 🙂
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