Don’t neglect communion

The second most popular post on my blog over the past ten years (and by quite some margin) is this one – Scriptures for Communion. When you add in the third most popular Invitations to the table not to mention Bread & Wine as a covenant meal, A communion prayer, Communion: personal reflections, then by a long country mile the most popular topic on this blog is The Lords’ Supper.

Every Saturday (without fail) my blog experiences a spike in readers. The explanation is very simple, people who on Saturday are preparing for church on Sunday, Google the phrase ‘scriptures for communion‘ and there on the first page is my post.

This tells me the importance of having a clear and helpful title but also that in many ways the leading, taking & sharing of communion is not well understood. I’m no longer too obsessed with simply trying to get more people to come and visit my site but I think this might be an area where I could helpfully serve others while being consistent with my own passions and interests.

With that in mind here are a few recent resources that I’ve saved around this important topic.

In the sermon Devoted to the Breaking of bread Andrew Wilson gives a helpful introduction to what it is and some of the things that may have been missed (depending on your church tradition).

Andrew, last year, also worked through the Heidelberg Catechism on his blog and there were two posts on communion worth reading. The first is how the Lord’s Supper reminds and assures us, Heidelberg says, that we share in Christ’s sacrifice and benefits while the second deals with the spiritual presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper.

Ian Paul meanwhile reflects on this prayer in the Anglican liturgy of the Eucharist and asks the important question What does Communion do for us?

Father of all,
we give you thanks and praise,
that when we were still far off
you met us in your Son and brought us home.
Dying and living, he declared your love,
gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life;
we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord.

If you’d be interested in more resources, prayers, readings, reflections on the practice and theology of the Lord’s Supper, then leave me a comment or tweet.

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