- I'll miss you if you don't. It's the one time believers across the world and America are together.
Several years ago Dr. Gilbert Stafford described Communion in a unique way. “At the holy meal,” he said, “we are called to both the center of our faith, Jesus Christ, and the circle of our faith, fellow believers regardless of their church tradition, personal preferences, manners of worship, age, class, and racial distinctions. The Lord’s Supper is the center time and circle time. It is Christ’s time and church time.”
One of the great losses of church by zoom or video, especially for Christians who no longer worship with a body of believers, is in-person communion, partaking of the Lord's Supper.
If you go to church for no other reason, please do so to partake of communion. At least do so occassionally for that specific reason. Communion is at the center of our faith, because Christ is the center. It is thee primary sacrament instituted by Christ in addition to Baptism.
One, but not all of the reasons I've migrated to the Anglican Church of North Americ(ACNA) in my latter years (BTW the ANCA is imperfect just like your church.) is that the ANCA is part of the ancient and modern church that focuses on Communion, the centrality of Christ, during the worship service. The ancient liturgy works to prepare my heart to receive Christ in Communion and to do so with millions of others to whom I am accountable to love which includes repentance and reconciliation.
Everytime I partake I think of the fact I am actually doing so with believers since Christ and the Apostles at the Last Supper to the communion of saints across the world and in every time zone, to those who will come after I pass to the next shore.
With them I prepare my heart to celebrate and partake of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I love this time with Him and you every Sunday and when I can on Wednesdays at my humble little Trinity Anglican Church in Mount Vernon, WA.