One of my favorite aspects of being part of the Methodists is the global communion. Tomorrow happens to be global communion Sunday and I can not wait to preach and then invite people to the table.
My angle tomorrow is going to pair two sets of three:
The first level is directional. After Pentecost, the church spread in at least 3 directions:
- south to Africa
- east to Asia
- west to Europe.
The second level is historic. Coming to the communion table:
- Reaches back through time to connect us with the saints of the past
- Wraps around the globe to connect us to our global sisters & brothers
- Propels us into the future of serving the world that god loves so much
Here is a little video I made to promote this Sunday.
I have been thinking about sacraments lately as I transfer my ordination from a non-sacramental denomination (ordinances) to a sacramental one.
Sacraments are enacted symbols. In this way, they are both signs that point to a greater reality and they are performed signifiers that can never fully reveal or contain the antecedent they are attempting to signify.
Sacraments are both significant artifacts of the church and they are gifts and graces (charis) that both form and inform our faith and practice.
In this sense sacraments and corporate worship are a parable of the kin-dom. Jesus used parables (not earthly stories with heavenly meanings but earthy stories with heavy meanings) to slide underneath the listener’s defenses in order to interrogate the ‘way things are’ to subvert the unjust status quo and turn upside-down / inside-out the listener’s presumptions about the way things are and the way that God wants them.
This is the prophetic ministry of the church – to imagine the world a different way and to image what that looks like to the world around us.
I’m really looking forward to preaching this tomorrow.