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Eucharist - Thinking around Communion. Living the Passion

Communion. The Eucharist. The Lord’s Supper. The HolyFeast. The Table. Whatever name we know it by, the Church has considered the sharing of bread and wine as one of the main ways in which the presence of the Lord is celebrated.  In our Anglican Tradition the Eucharist has taken a central place in most gatherings for worship as we see bread taken, blessed, broken and shared and wine poured out as a reminder of the death and new life we find in Christ and as a promise of healing, refreshment and a sign of God amongst us.  Over Lent we will reflect on some of the key aspects of our Eucharistic ritual - using these as a ‘springboard’ to launch reflections and meditations on the depth and wonder of these ‘ordinary things of bread and wine made special’ which is the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Taking the themes of Gathering. Word. Peace. Broken. Blessed. we will consider both online and in discussion at the Church what these different themes may offer us in our ongoing sharing of the Eucharist and in our daily spiritual walk.  Postings will begin on Ash Wednesday, the 10th of February.

At the end of the five subjects from the Eucharist we will move into the time of the Christian year called ‘Passion-tide’ and the last reflections will encourage us to engage with this most sacred time in the Church’s year, through Holy Week and into the resurrection season of Easter with reflections on ‘The Passion’

Posts in series

Jesus said “Come to me, all who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11.28

How good and pleasant it is
    when brothers and sisters
 live together in peace!  Psalm 133.1

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it 1 Corinthians 12.27

Jesus said : “…anyone who comes to me I will never drive away.”  John 6.37b

Jesus said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18.20

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4.2

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10.16

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

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

 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8.26

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119.130

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. Jou#hn 14.27

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13.12

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. Matthew 25.40

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12.18

…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4.7

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Matthew 5.9

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  Romans 14.19

They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
When there is no peace. Jeremiah 6.14

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3.14, 15

For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”   Psalm 122.8

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10.16

But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion and not sacrifice’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Matthew 9.12-13

On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22.2

Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  Colossians 3.14

Jesus said “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.”  John 17.21

But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. ” Jeremiah 18.4-6

“so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”  Romans 12.5

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;… Matthew 26.26-27

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11.1

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3.3

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day Darkness and light are alike to You.  Psalm 139:7-12

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep… Romans 12.14-15

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;  the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6.24-26

I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4.12, 13

One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Mark 12.28

This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another” Zechariah 7.9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.   2 Corinthians 1.3,4

God is love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4.16

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” Psalm 13.1

Where can I go from your spirit?
    Or where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139.7

Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.  2 Corinithians 1.7

Jesus was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14.36

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  Luke 22.14,15

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19.30

Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord! Psalm 27.14

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? Luke 24.5