An equally small cup of juice.
Most often, that is how we take communion at Faith Church. We also practice intinction, where people rip off a piece of bread and dip it in a cup. Since I am usually holding one of the cups, I have to admit that it is humorous when people, trying to make sure there is enough bread left for others, rip off the smallest flakes of break you ever saw. When they attempt to dip their crumb into the cup, the realize it is too small, and they accidentally dunk the tips of their fingers. Then the juice starts dripping on the hands, shirt, floor, and they get quite embarrassed. To avoid this, I have taken to whispering “it’s okay…take a big chunk!”
Have you ever thought that communion is strange?
Is this what Jesus really intended that ominous Passover night when he at the Jewish Seder with his disciples, and he said “Do this in remembrance of me”?
Christians through the ages have debated what is the appropriate meaning and practice of communion. Confusing words like transubstantiation and consubstantiation get flown around, along with memorial, spiritual presence, mass, Eucharist, and a curious one…viaticum. (That is actually one of my favorite!)
As we continue our series in Corinth, we’ll see that the Christians in Corinth were quite confused about the meaning and practice of the supper, and they had allowed themselves to make a mockery of it. I very much wish I could have witnessed that scene with my own eyes! It was wild.
Want to get a sneak peak? Check our 1st Corinthians 11:17-34
I personally have thought that communion is strange, but the more I look at it, the more compelling it becomes!
Join us tomorrow at Faith Church to learn more!