Text: I Corinthians 11:23-26
I remember the conversation so well as if it were yesterday, and yet it was over a decade ago. I had called to ask about being liturgist for the upcoming Sunday. We chatted for a bit and then I made my ask. “Hey, I’m calling to see if you would be liturgist this Sunday. It’s communion Sunday so you would be assisting me in serving communion.” After the prolonged silence, an honest response followed, “Nancy I can’t. I just can’t. I’m so sorry but I’m not comfortable with all that body and blood and sacrifice stuff. Can you ask me again when its not communion Sunday?” It would not be the last time that I would hear that response when seeking a liturgist for communion Sunday. Accepting the response without question, I gave a reassuring, “Sure, no problem. I understand.” And I did.
Over the years, I have increasingly become uncomfortable with the words that shape the ancient practice of communion. [Read more…]