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Receiving or Taking

This is an issue to do with the receiving of Communion, and in this case the reception of the bread.

Now one person has raised the comment that at other places and with other ministers they take the bread from the plate, rather than have it placed in their hands.

Now I have always in formal communion services received the bread from others, and also in most informal services the same has happened.

So this has got me thinking, and I’ve been working out why I see that receiving is preferred to taking the bread. And this is the conclusion that I’ve come to.

We do not gain salvation by our own efforts but through the grace of God which is freely given. However we have to respond to this gift by receiving it. As our Communion meal is one of the Means of Grace, then in part here we are not just recounting and re-enacting the Last Supper, but are also showing in action and response part of the greater narrative of salvation. So that in receiving the bread; it is a symbol of receiving the God’s grace. Something that is freely there for all, and from which no outstretched hand shall be turned away.

Any one got any thoughts on this?

 

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Ministry, Spiritual Vocab

 

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what is the role of a minister

Of late I have found it strange how many people have thanked me for things that I have done which I consider to be part of the ministerial role. This seems to come in part people being truly grateful for thing that I organise. However some times it does seem strange to have such thanks for what is my role.

This also raises a second question to me about the role of a minister, each church has a different view of ministry. Within the Methodist church it seems to be very much a shared work, that each person has a ministry, and those who ordained are set aside to specific work. However it is also interesting to see the tension between some of the work that an ordained minister would like to do, and the work that is actually done due to local consternates.

Then there is the difference between sending and calling. That for many nonconformist churches the minister is called by the congregation, while for the Methodist church the ministers are sent by the Conference (which is made up of the body of the church). This leads to the tension between what one is there for and what the local church sees a minister is there for.

These are more questions and we will see what they come to

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Ministry, Seen by the outside

 

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