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Preparing for Eucharist


John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper , explores themes of the Eucharist in such a fresh manner.
His fifth theme is about grace. The Table is not a burden to bear nor is a guilt trip to experience. It is a profound gift of God to you and to me: at this Table God offers us grace in forgiveness and fellowship.
God does not call the perfect to the Table but the imperfect; he does not call the sinless but the sinful. What God offers is grace to the imperfect and sinful.
The Table is not a Table of judgment, but a Table of grace.
Here at the Table we see the Cross as Grace, the offer of God to be reconciled with God through the death of the Son whose death brings life.
If you feel sinful, the Table is for you.
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Bob Henry

posted May 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

I grew up in a church that practiced “close” communion. It was a nice way of saying “we will decide who comes to our table.” I always had a problem with this position because of what you have just said. The Table of the Lord should be open to all people. While growing up, I was always worried I would be taking communion wrong -and possibly might be “damned to hell” for taking it wrong
(with a strong suggestion from 1 Corinthians). Not until I became a pastor myself and a young man who had never stepped foot in a church joined us and came forward to partake in communion. He knew the motions and I gave him the bread and cup. At that moment, I saw something happen in his demeanor. After the service, as people were upset with me for letting him communion (because they knew he was not “saved”), I talked to the young man. He looked at me and said, “I stepped foot in the church for the first time today, and at the Table, I met Jesus.” What else can one say.

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Bruce G White

posted May 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

Bob – Thank you for sharing this moving story. It breaks my heart that the church of Jesus Christ so often creates barriers which prevent people from actually encountering Jesus. Thank you for letting the Lord’s Table be the place where this young man could meet the Lord. May your tribe increase.

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Mike Cope

posted May 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Thanks so much for sharing the info about John Mark’s book. It’s had a profound impact on how our congregation experiences weekly communion.

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posted May 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Ernst kassemann says about the lords supper that at the table there is grace in judgement and judgement in grace.
I think this is more to the mark than saying there is only grace and no judgement

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posted May 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful thoughts. I grieve that so many evangelical churches have pushed the weekly observance of the Table to a monthly or even quarterly event. What does that say about us and our understanding, appreciation, and respect for this important observance?

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Bruce G White

posted May 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Chuck – I agree wholeheartedly. I came to faith in Christ as an older teen, and for the next 17 years I only experienced churches that practiced quarterly communion. I assumed this was the way all churches did it.
And then…by the grace of God…I stumbled across a church that observed communion each week. It was presented devotionally and prayerfully, as a vital component of the corporate worship experience. This consistent participation in the Lord’s Supper has had a tremendous impact on my relationship with Jesus.
I wish more believers could have the opportunity to meet Jesus at His table each week, because it has the potential to be a truly transforming worship experience.

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Ivan Karel

posted May 31, 2010 at 4:25 am

I agree with Elias as Paul mentioned in 1 Corinth.
Any comment ?

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