Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Communion?

Had an interesting service at Funkytown Church of Christ last night, on Awe and Reverence to God, which was all well and good, but the communion talk really got me thinking.

As a CoC one of our big things is to do communion everytime we meet as a church (which makes me wonder, if the church is the people, shouln't we by definition take communion every time we hang out together-why do we only think its necessary on a Sunday night...?)

But what does communion really mean? Is it more than just an invitation to share a meal at Jesus' table? What does it mean to 'remember' Jesus-is it more than just a cognitive recall thing? Who should take communion? Who shouldn't? Do we have the right to tell people they can't take it? Do we need to tell people in as many words, that the meal we're sharing is communion?

And more specifically related to my yet to exist footy-church: Could the meal we have after training be seen as communion? If we're all sharing a meal at a home after training, do us 'Christians' have to tell the 'Non-Christians' that for us this meal is communion?

Just thinking through all those questions has tired me out, so i may try and answer some of them later-but I don't think I'll have too many answers!!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey digs
they are some really great qns which have also passed thru my mind, spesh since camp where Pete Rivett ran communion and talked sorta about that. I prob have avoided thinkn too deeply about it, cos its draining! :P but are def qns that id love to hear thoughts about so i can come to some kinda conclusion. Btw, for SYG next year, howsabout running with this whole Funkytown thing, ay?? heheheh

Digger said...

I'm guessing this is Mason, but yeah, it is indeed a tough question, but one worth debating. Pete (and I don't think he'd mind me saying this) often has a kinda different understandng about a whole lotta stuff, always worth considering his opinion.

And yeah Funkytown has potential-I feel an aerobics routne coming on...

Anyone else have any thoughts?

Christop said...

Hi Digger.
At a mission planning weekend about a month ago, we had communion. Basically we just had a table set up with a bottle of juice, cups and a focaccia in the middle, and we shareed it all out between us.
(BTW, not sure if you remember me, but we met at a place Nadine from Knox C of C was minding once.)

Digger said...

Yeah I saw ur photo on the blog, which helped me place your face after having seen you at the Forge thing the other day.

Yeah we did a similar thing at church, got a decent chunk of bread and cups of cordial and let people talk over communion, instead of it just being a sombre quiet time thing. Everybody, particularly our young people, loved it.

On that night, there was a number of new people, which raised the question-should we have to explain what communion is every week and why we do it? Particularly when a so called learned person like myself still isn't sure...

Christop said...

Maybe whoever brought them along could explain it to them?

Digger said...

Yeah thats true, the only problem being when you have a service set up like ours (and dare i say most) its a bit hard to be able to do when only one person is meant to be speaking, and there's an order of service to stick to...

That may well be a reflection on the way most people do church, but I won't go there today.

Gareth Williams said...

Once at an Easter camp we had communion as a full on meal. it was a party night and we encouraged people to serve one another and talk about what God had been doing over the weekend.
One of the best communion's I've ever had.
I encourage you to think about how to do communion with your footy mates. it's challenging but if you put it to them about a "rememberance" type deal they may go with it.