6 Angles on Expanding our Communion Tables!

Come Lord Jesus, be our Host

Come Lord Jesus be our Host helps us stop and take a good look at what we really believe about communion. It guides congregations as they navigate the waters of change that surround the Lord’s Table by providing reflections and tools such as summarized research, sample litanies, and discernment processes. Each chapter includes doodle graphics as well as stimulating discussion questions.

Engaging this six-session study guide will help congregations celebrate communion faithfully in ways that respect Christian tradition, honour Jesus as host, and help form and celebrate faith for all ages and stages. Come Lord Jesus be our Host engages statements from Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective alongside of current denominational discernment practices to guide the adaptive changes we are making to our beliefs and practices about children, adolescents, and communion.

Here are the six angles:

1) The Heart of Communion: Mystery and attraction, why it matters, Communion history, changing times and new perspectives, impacts of change on our practice.

2) Many Tables: Picking tables, Passover, covenant renewal, Paul’s communion instructions, meals of recognition, God’s nourishing miracles, heavenly foretastes.

3) What about Communion? Denominational communion statement, considering broader invitations, challenges to and defences of traditional practices.

4) What about Children? Responding to our environment, the church and children, understanding children spiritually.

5) Our Varied Practices: main communion emphases, a spectrum of open or closed, comparing the spectrum with communion’s essential actions, living faithfully with diversity.

6) Moving forward: Jesus’ hospitality and challenge, learning from some spiritual cousins, dilemmas presented by extended adolescence, reasons for expanding communion to celebrate Jesus’ other tables, a church year of expanded communion tables.

Also see and enjoy the separate Colouring Pages.

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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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3 Responses to 6 Angles on Expanding our Communion Tables!

  1. Mary Funk says:

    Congratulations on completing this important study guide. I look fwd to a closer look.

  2. Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel says:

    Thanks,Mary. You can see the whole thing by downloading it from Common Word.

  3. cgswriter says:

    Excellent resource! Thanks!

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