Monday, May 03, 2010

Let's talk about COMMUNION.

Do you take communion? Do you understand what it means? Do you think you're literally eating the flesh of Christ?

I think I understand communion now. But I don't think YOU do. BOY, it's easy to feel that way, isn't it? How does your church do communion?

What is the deal with closed communion? That makes me scratch my head. Seriously, people. What an act of supreme snobbery. Is this really a problem? Too many hungry bums coming in off the street or something? What if one of them was Jesus?

Discuss!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The United Methodists make it very clear each time that this is the Lord's Table, and all are welcome to take communion.

I guess I see it as a moment of deep remembrance of Jesus in a frightening and courageous time. We're remembering Jesus and his teachings, and remembering his wish to be remembered through this particular ceremony, and reaffirming our relationships with him. The pastors recite the Last Supper story each time. "Do this in remembrance of me."

As far as I know, UMCers don't think they're eating the actual flesh of Christ.

-SECP

Jason said...

The WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) practices "closed" communion for many reasons, but mainly:

1) When taking communion, you are saying you believe exactly what the other people taking communion and the church believe, and we don't want to put words in your mouth.

2) Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:28 "For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself." We don't want someone who isn't sure or doesn't know to bring judgement on himself/herself.

In short, we practice closed communion out of love for everyone.

"Official" sounding response can be found here: http://bit.ly/cHppMW

-Eastside_WELS :)

Hilary said...

"Close" communion as the WELS calls it sends a message to visitors.

We don't think you understand communion.
We don't want to explain it.
This is for our members who are superior to you. You are not a member, you are not welcome.

This speaks a lot louder than a gift bag.

I don't understand why you wouldn't want to share this with as many people as possible. It seems like turning your nose up at an opportunity.

Just my .02!