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.