Grace and peace to you this Easter season as we celebrate the risen Christ.
One of the things I hear the most when the subject of communion comes up is just how special it is to people. It’s clear that the meal of bread and wine that Jesus prepares for us is one of those moments in worship which transcends race, culture, socio-economic status, among others. It is at once a personal and communal experience full of meaning and expression.
This Easter Season, St. Peter’s faith leaders are writing a bit about how we view ministry and worship in light of this meal of grace which Jesus has instituted. You’ll find our thoughts at the beginning of the worship bulletin on the study page. One of the beautiful things about these writings is how varied the responses are about one subject.
From my vantage point, as the Director of Music at St. Peter’s and a lifelong Lutheran, communion is one of those special places in the worship service where we have a chance to interact directly with God. Worship conducted in the Lutheran setting involves the people of God set around word, bath, and meal. We read, preach, and proclaim God’s word in spoken word and in song, but we also enact God’s unbounded grace through the sacraments of baptism and communion where God welcomes all into the family of grace.
Sacraments, as the coming together of word and action, become signs to the people around us. When we break bread together and share the cup, or when we participate in baptism, all our actions point away from our sinful selves, instead pointing to the God of unbounded grace who will do anything to welcome the stranger. We do the sacraments because they are some of the “thin places” where God touches this world, challenges us to love more freely, and gathers God’s children into one family.
So, what is special about communion to you? What do you think or pray about when you receive the bread and wine? Take the time to share some words you might use to describe the act of taking communion by leaving your thoughts in the form below. We’ll collect responses over the course of the season of Easter and share our findings.
Until then, may the risen Christ continue to meet you this Easter Season.