For discussion: Bread, acceptance and covenant

Questions for reflecting on and discussing the feature article, Bread, acceptance and covenant (Jan. 20, 2014 issue)

January 14, 2014 | Feature | Number 2
By Barb Draper |

1. Does your congregation view the Lord’s Supper as an open table for all, or as a more restricted covenantal meal? Has this view changed over time? Do you feel comfortable participating in communion at a church of another denomination?

2. John Rempel says that when we resist welcoming “intruders” to our breaking of bread, it is because “we are in the grip of fear that there will not be enough love to go around.” Do you agree? What is the paradox he sees in Jesus’ table fellowship?

3. How would you explain the meaning of communion to a child? Why does the church have this tradition? What would happen if your church dropped this practice? Are there other rites or symbols that could carry the same message?

4. How important are meals and sharing food in the life of the church? What role do potlucks play? Is sitting at a table important or is eating from plates held in our hands the same thing? In what situations are we apt to miss the spiritual significance of eating together?

See also Palmer Becker’s communion reflection: A multi-atonement communion service. 

--Posted Jan. 15, 2014

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