The Sunday After - August 12 sermon

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Thus endeth my seven week preaching turn. Enjoyable to be honest. Being in a team ministry with an ordained colleague is something I've only experienced since coming here, so I've been used to regular preaching. But I've also had a ridiculous run of funerals that start at the beginning of April, and I'm looking forward to the three week break and handing off the congregation to my colleague Karen for that time.

Today's sermon was a follow up to our celebration of Holy Communion last week, and was basically pondering the question of how Holy Communion (or worship in general) affects us. Are we changed by the experience? Are we in process of becoming something or are we stuck?

There are times when I am my own hardest critic, and I have to honestly say that this was not, in my opinion, among the best sermons I've ever preached. The idea was sound, but it was much more difficult to write, and I ended up doing a fair bit of ad libbing during the sermon as the Spirit guided, so what you read isn't exactly what was preached. There's a close resemblance, and the written sermon captures at least the basic flow and thoughts.

The Sunday After

And now - three weeks off!
 

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Now you don your Taqiyah and serve up Imam sermons at the local mosque for your other congregation?

You hard worker, you :3
 

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Interesting thoughts. Now, what does it mean, in light of this "does communion change you?" if you take it weekly instead of, at best in the UCCan model, monthly? My mother was a lapsed Catholic, and her family still RCC, so I have exposure to it (they're in the UK, so regular discussions not necessary, fortunately). The one thing that 'stuck' with me was the idea of weekly communion, which I like a great deal. Does a really regular reminder of the path we should be on help?
 

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Interesting thoughts. Now, what does it mean, in light of this "does communion change you?" if you take it weekly instead of, at best in the UCCan model, monthly? My mother was a lapsed Catholic, and her family still RCC, so I have exposure to it (they're in the UK, so regular discussions not necessary, fortunately). The one thing that 'stuck' with me was the idea of weekly communion, which I like a great deal. Does a really regular reminder of the path we should be on help?
One was required to commune to the monument weekly to contribute your shekel! Beyond that no acting was accepted ... the minor population was expected to be mute about the point of their pain at the hand of powerful extraction ...
 

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Interesting thoughts. Now, what does it mean, in light of this "does communion change you?" if you take it weekly instead of, at best in the UCCan model, monthly? My mother was a lapsed Catholic, and her family still RCC, so I have exposure to it (they're in the UK, so regular discussions not necessary, fortunately). The one thing that 'stuck' with me was the idea of weekly communion, which I like a great deal. Does a really regular reminder of the path we should be on help?
I once heard that John Wesley had said that Communion should be celebrated at least weekly. And of course many Methodist churches do celebrate weekly Communion. In the United Church we tended to adopt the more reformed tradition that placed much less emphasis on sacraments and in which Communion was celebrated infrequently. (As a newcomer to the church in the late 1980's I can remember the Communion schedule being four times a year.)

I do wonder what we may have lost in largely embracing the Presbyterian tradition over the Methodist tradition, and there has certainly been a move over the last 20 years or so toward more regular celebration of Communion in the United Church.
 
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