Monday, February 20, 2012

Looking Forward to February 26, 2012 -- 1st Sunday of Lent

For Lent this year we are doing a series of looking at things we do as part of the church: Communion, Worship, Prayer, and a look at what we Believe.

Everyone is reminded that we have our Annual Meeting following worship this Sunday.

The Scripture Readings this week are:
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-28
  • Mark 14:22-25

The Sermon title this week is Communion Court

Early Thoughts: Why do we serve Communion the way we do? Is there a "right" way to do it?

These questions have come up many times in the history of the United Church of Canada. We are the product of a blending of some very different theologies and practices. For sermon time this week we will be having a drama written by Rev. barb janes. In this scene Wesley (representing the Methodists) and Knox (representing the Presbyterians) come before a Judge to settle the issue of how the United Church of Canada will celebrate Communion. There are some inaccuracies in historical positions within this dialogue but it does show some of how we got to where we are.

Complicating matters of course is that every congregation tends to put their own "spin" on how communion is served.

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