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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…

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Bread & Wine as a covenant meal

While studying for a series on communion I came across a few references to bread & wine in the Old Testament that intrigued me. So I reached out to those of greater brain power than me for some input. One of those was James Patrick, a friend in Emmanuel Church Oxford. I thought his insights were really helpful, so with his kind permission I’m sharing them here. Here’s what I noticed: “I’ve been reading and thinking a fair bit about communion and today noticed something I’d not thought of before.…

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Invitations to the table

Over the past few months I’ve been studying and thinking about the role and place of the Lord’s Supper in church life, and although I haven’t finished with that I thought I would post some prayers, scriptures and service elements, all borrowed from Gathering for Worship: Patterns and Prayers for the Community of Disciples Come to this table, not because you must but because you may, not because you are strong, but because you are weak. Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come, but…

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Communion: Personal reflections

My own experiences of breaking bread, communion, The Lord’s Supper, whatever you choose to call it; within a public worship context has often been underwhelming. That includes many of the times I’ve led it myself. Growing up in a small evangelical free church, we had communion on a monthly basis towards the end of the service. We remained in our seats while a plate with small diced pieces of white bread were passed around, followed by a wooden tray with lots of little glasses full of blackcurrant juice. We all…

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