Church 

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…

Read More
Church 

A neglected meal

We all know that communion is always theologically rich but often experientially poor while our sung worship can be the exact opposite. There are lots of reasons why that might be the case but I am frequently challenged to invest more into our practice of communion. Douglas Wilson points out that communion is a reminder of why we exist: This Table is all about communion with God, and that is why God created us—to have communion with Him. If He created us to have communion with Him, then having communion with Him is…

Read More
Church 

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.…

Read More
Church 

A communion prayer

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 Go with us Lord, so that we can love in all sincerity, loathing what is evil and clinging to what is good. We will be devoted to one another as brothers and sisters, honouring each other above…

Read More
Church 

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…

Read More
Church 

Scriptures for communion

Over the past few months I’ve been studying and thinking about the role and place of the Lord’s Supper in church life. 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 Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35) Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open…

Read More