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Eucharist: Word - Proclaiming the word

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 1 John 1.1

Alongside the breaking of bread in our Eucharist we also ‘break open’ our Scriptures - listening to ancient wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Epistles, History and Visions of the New Testament and the Jesus-stories we call ‘Gospels’ or ‘Good News’.  The Bible, as this collection of books is know, forms one of the ways in which we seek, and struggle with, meaning, truth and hope.  We build our understanding of God from the glimpses we get in scripture, in creation, in one another, in the wisdom of the ages - but scripture contains the story of God’s revelation of Godself to us and therefore it takes a place of primacy in our worship.

The Eucharist has many components, but the essential structure is twofold- the Liturgy (or proclamation) of the word, and the Liturgy of the Sacrament.  Our listening to, and thinking on, Scripture is our entry into our encounter with God in the sharing of Communion. It is through the Bible we come to see God’s love and God’s life - and we are called to engage with heart and mind with these ancient texts of wisdom, and truth, and seeking, and knowing, and learning, and meaning.  It is through the words of Scripture we meet the Word who is the incarnation of the life of God, Jesus the Christ - the living Word. As we read and hear the words of our Bibles we listen for the Word of God, and it is that life-giving Word that we proclaim.

We celebrate in Word and Sacrament our Eucharist. the thanksgiving of the Church