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It’s Not Our Table
I know the way we did the Lord’s Supper today must have been difficult for some in attendance. I can remember when I might have thought that having cheese and crackers along with unleavened bread and fruit of the vine would have been blasphemy! However, when we are honest, we must admit that passing a golden tray containing just enough bread for each one to having a pinch followed by another golden tray with individual cups of grape juice is pretty far from the practice of the earliest churches’ communion meal.
But, the power of tradition is strong. When one has followed the same practice every Sunday morning for their entire life; it’s just hard to do it differently and not wonder if it’s really ok. My hope was that those who might have questions about what we were doing would take comfort in the fact Jesus himself ate supper between the time he passed the bread to his disciples and passed the cup.
For me, I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations that took place around the table where I stood. There were some serious statements made as well as some polite laughter. It was a warm, inviting experience as we talked about the Lord Jesus who binds us all together in his body.
As I took the Supper today I was reminded of the practice of a second century church I read about. The last thing they would do together each Sunday was eat the Lord’s Supper. When it was completed they left their meeting place and went back into their community. We eat the bread representing the Lord’s body. We drink the cup representing his blood. We recognize that we are the body of Christ and then we leave and let Christ live through us as we return to our homes and schools and places of work.
It’s not our table; it’s the Lord’s table. He has invited us all to join him there and then to go into the world as his representatives. What a beautiful privilege to be able to do this every Sunday.