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Communion as…. Eucharist

June 24, 2013 Leave a comment

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Some Christians refer to the Lord’s Supper as communion, others Eucharist,  and others, well… they call it the Lord’s Supper.

The term Eucharist comes from a translation from a Greek word (language Bible was written in) to English (language I understand most of the time) from the story of Jesus offering bread and wine (and a whole lot more) at his last meal with his followers.

“The Lord Jesus, in the night in which he was betrayed, took bread and when he had given thanks (eucharisteo), he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”- 1 Cor. 11:23-24

The root word for Eucharist is charis, which shows up all over the place in the Bible as different words in English:  Grace (Romans 3:23-24), Joyful (1 Thes. 5:16), Thanks (1 Thes. 5:18), Rejoice (Matt. 5:12)  , Overjoyed (Matthew 2:10), Hello (Matthew 28:9), Goodbye (2 Cor. 13:11), Give (Galatians 3:18), Forgive (Ephes. 4:32), and Gift (1 Cor. 12:4).

So… what’s the point?

To tell you the truth, I’m not exactly sure.  But, I think the connection of all these words make me think there is something important about how they all connect.  Maybe it is something like this:

REJOICING in the EUCHARIST is one means, in fact the highest means, of GREETING one another and together expressing our JOY from RECEIVING the FORGIVENESS of God’s GRACE, which has enabled us to both receive spiritual GIFTS AND to GIVE them as THANKSGIVING for the common good of His church.

Or in other words

REMEMBERING THE GRACE WE RECIEVED in the MEAL OF GRACE is one means, in fact the highest means, of GRACING one another and together expressing our CELELBRATION OF GRACE from RECEIVING the GRACING GIVING of God’s GRACE, which has enabled us to both receive spiritual GIFTS TO GRACE OTHERS WITH  AND to POUR OUT GRACE ON them as THANKSGIVING OF GRACE for the common good of His church.

Church Sleeping

November 18, 2010 1 comment

“The only statistic I can ever remember is that if all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable.” – Attributed to Queen Victoria

If you have ever been to church, you probably have either witness some sleeping or have missed it because you were actually the one sleeping.

What I’m wondering is, what if Church is actually the one asleep?

Check out these ideas about the gap between what the Church believes and everyday life (I got this from Robert Bank’s book, Redeeming the Routines).

1.      Few of us apply or know how to apply our belief to our work, or lack of work.

2.      We only make minimal connections between our faith and our spare time activities.

3.      We have little sense of a Christian approach to regular activities like domestic chores.

4.      Our everyday attitudes are partly shaped by the dominate values of our society.

5.      Many of our spiritual difficulties stem from the daily pressure we experience (lack of time, exhaustion, family pressures, etc.).

6.      Our everyday concerns receive little attention in the church.

7.      Only occasionally do professional theologians address routine activities.

8.      When addressed, everyday issues tend to be approached too theoretically.

9.      Only a minority of Christians read religious books or attend theological courses.

10.  Most churchgoers reject the idea of a gap between their beliefs and their ways of life.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Categories: Reflections, Religion

What’s Heaven?

April 13, 2010 Leave a comment

So…what is heaven (on earth, in heaven, Kingdom of Heaven) and how do we get there (spiritually, physically, and transportationally)?


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Reflection on the “Son of Man”

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment

René Magritte, a Belgian surrealist painter, is one of my favorite artists.  His intended goal for his work was to challenge observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality and force viewers to become hypersensitive to their surroundings.

The Son of Man is a painting of his from 1964 and is one of his more famous ones.

About the painting Magritte said,

At least it hides the face partly. Well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.

How’s this hit ya on Easter?

Good Friday Gallery

April 2, 2010 2 comments

Reflections on Coexsisting

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I generally am not a big fan of bumper stickers, but for some reason I still read them.  I see the Coexsist one every now and then and it always causes me to reflect as to what it really means.

Is it a religious statement?  A political statement?  Is it saying that all religions are really saying the same thing?  Is it saying that all though religions are all saying different things, lets get along anyways?  Is it saying that the world is going down the crapper and lets focus on the major things we have in common instead of fighting on the subtle differences?

Then I saw “The more people I meet, the more I like my dog” which changed my reflections a little.

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