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Preparing for Eucharist


John Mark Hicks, Come to the Table: Revisioning the Lord’s Supper ,  suggests the Table of the Lord is for all, and for families, including children. 
So, he urges us to consider the Table as a family event. Here’s why:
Table fellowship was a feature of Jesus’ life and ministry, and that table fellowship occurred evenings and around tables and during and after the meal, and there would have been children and families present.
The Table of the Lord emerged from table fellowship, and nothing makes this more clear than Mark 14’s famous statement that I will not drink this cup with you again until the End.
Passover itself, out of which the Table of the Lord emerged, was a family celebration. Children were present.
Those in the journey of faith are welcomed to the Table, including children. They can learn to respond to the gospel by participating in the Table with their parents.
This marks the end of our series with John Mark Hicks.
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posted July 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm

This is a huge plus for me for being in a house church. The children all participate in Communion each week. They understand it to the ability they are able. They don’t always behave perfectly (they’re children!), but it takes on more of a family meal feeling when they’re present with us.
In fact, one week we didn’t have Communion. The children found that to be unacceptable! They came to us asking for bread and wine so they could have Communion themselves. Later my daughter told me they passed around the bread, dipped it in the wine (we only sent them with a small amount), ate it, and then sat silently listening to God for a few moments. She said they all heard God tell them he loves them. These kids range in age from 7-3 (at the time this happened). Pretty amazing.

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Georges Boujakly

posted July 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Thank you for reviewing this book. I will purchase and study it.
A question for you: What changes if any have you made in “coming to the table”?
I have often thought of celebrating the LS at home with my family but always hesitated thinking it is a practice for the “local church” only.

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Scot McKnight

posted July 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Only under special circumstances — assuming a typical USA context — can the Lord’s Supper be done at home in the context of a family.

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