For a while now I’ve reflected on the four characteristics of the early church recorded in Acts 2:42. The thought occurred to me that I’m not sure what a church devoted to the breaking of bread looks like. You can make a fair case that the Catholics are because mass is at the heart of their worship, but for a whole variety of theological reasons I’m not going in that direction.
So I’m asking for help. I’m working on the assumption that the reference doesn’t simply refer to common meals together but includes something sacramental.
What does a local church that is ‘devoted to the breaking of bread’ look like? Could you say that about your church? How is it done? How often is it done? What’s the context and variety that surrounds it? Does it get stuck in ritual? Is liturgy used or simply a recital of Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26?
What have been your experiences of the Lord’s supper? When have you seen it done well? How were children included or not? Have you read any books that have shaped or changed your practices? What talks have you listened to that guided your thinking?
I’m looking for resources that are as practical as they are theological, that deals with the realities of regular church life and talks about how to handle it as well as what it means.
Send me links via Twitter, Facebook or here in the comments on the blog. I’ll repost all the resources so everyone can see all the suggestions. If you don’t know any resources yourself, perhaps you’d be willing to repost, share, tweet or in some other push this request out there, because I’d really love to get as broad a response as possible. Many thanks.