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Tuesday, November 24, 2009 

Community & Communion

Paul Metzger has an interesting article at Out of Ur about how coffee bars have replaced the Lord's Table in the Western church in order to try to foster culturally relevant fellowship. He shares how his church once celebrated communion in community without diminishing the ordinance or replacing it with something else:

"A congregation I served restructured its space to celebrate Communion with greater intentionality. One Sunday after the sermon, the congregation proceeded to the fellowship hall to celebrate the Lord's Supper around large, circular tables. We were encouraged to intentionally sit with people with whom we didn't normally associate and to share with those at our table what the Lord's sacrifice meant to us personally. After each person shared, everyone was to break bread from the loaf provided and dip it into the Communion cup at the table. This process was to continue until everyone had shared."

"One woman came to me several weeks later and said that this had been the most meaningful celebration of Communion she had ever experienced. She was grateful the church had restructured its space to move us beyond our comfort zones of associating simply with the people we already knew."

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