Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. Colossians 3.16
Hear us, O Christ,
and breathe your Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and wine.
May they become for us your body,
vibrant with your life,
healing, renewing and making us whole.
And as the bread and wine which we now eat and drink
are changed into us,
may we be changed again into you,
bone of your bone,
flesh of your flesh,
loving and caring in the world.* (from the Iona Community, emphasis/italics mine)
Just as we ‘consume’ the bread and wine at Communion and it, representing and becoming the reality of Christ, becomes a part of us, so we are invited to ‘consume’ our Scriptures in order that that Living Word of Christ may become a part of us. How often do we allow the words of our scriptures to sink deep inside of us - to turn them over in our mind and heart, to medidate on them, to allow them to dwell within us. Within the structure of our worship we give the reading of Bible passages a place of honour, but so often we allow them to wash over us as we move on to the next hymn, or musical piece, or prayer, or sermon. In order to counter this we can read the Scripture for the day before the service, and after - and allow it to take its place in our hearts and minds and inform our ongoing pilgrimage of faith.
*© The Iona Community from The Iona Abbey Worship Book, published byWild Goose Publications, Iona Community, Fourth Floor,Savoy House, 140 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3DH, UK.