10.05.14 Worship Confessional

morelessHave you ever wondered what really happens when we eat the break and drink the cup? Have you ever wondered what really happens when we sprinkle, pour or immerse someone in the water of baptism?

This morning we began a new teaching series exploring the sacramental life called, “More and Less.” We lifted the series theme from a statement made by author and priest Ian Morgan Cron, who said that “the sacraments are more than symbol and less than magic.”

During my message I reviewed the various understandings of the sacrament of communion, based upon different readings of  Jesus’s words, “This is my body, this is my blood.” I briefly walked our community through transubstantiation, consubstantiation, mysterious change, real presence, spiritual presence, spiritual receptionism and memorialism.

What do you believe happens when you eat the bread and drink the cup?

As well, today was World Communion Sunday. This is one of my favorite liturgies of the year and we try to incorporate some global themes into our gathering. This morning we used the following call to worship, build around Ephesians 4 and we had two people, speaking in Spanish and Italian.

Leader: Today is World Communion Sunday, a day marked by churches across the globe to celebrate our unity in Christ. The people of God around the world will take their place at the table, feasting on the body and blood of Christ, declaring our oneness. In light of this celebration, listen afresh to the words of the Apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus:

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:3-6)

Readings of Ephesians 4 in Spanish and Italian

Leader: We are all one family.
All: We are all one family, made in the image of God, redeemed by Christ Jesus and united in the Spirit.
Leader: Somos todos una familia , hecha a imagen de Dios, redimido por Cristo Jesús y unidos en el Espíritu .
Leader: Siamo tutti una sola famiglia , fatto a immagine di Dio , redento da Cristo Gesù e uniti nello Spirito .
All: We are all one family, united in faith, united in hope, united in love through Jesus Christ our Lord; Amen.
Song – Our Great God

Did your faith community celebrate World Communion Sunday? How did you integrate a global theme into your gathering?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Hear the Sound (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Salvation Is Here (Hillsongs)
  • World Communion Call to Worship
  • Our Great God (Fernando Ortega)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (More and Less)
  • The Sacrament of Communion
  • He Is Given (Bifrost Arts)
  • Instruments of Peace (Stefan Von Voorst)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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