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Communion comment

Many thanks for your thoughtful articles on Holy Communion (September Life and Work).

In our Church, Elinor Gordon held informal Communions, and during meditation, we enjoyed readings from the Iona Community, various poems and relevant extracts from science and philosophical writings all of which added new dimensions to our understanding of Jesus’ life. We have always had the formal Communions (four times per year) and I valued the sense of community and presence of Christ amongst us in these. However, our recent September Communion changed everything for the Congregation.

In his sermon, John Jenkinson said that one of the very dangerous things about God is the silence of his coming, his invisibility and the fact that he is so very ordinary! John pleaded and urged that all those receiving the bread and wine should pause, and consider the simplicity of the elements, an ordinariness which illustrates that God comes to us in familiar, often small and simple ways. Jesus came as a carpenter! In Jesus’ life, he always noticed and revered and felt deep compassion for the least of his children, and as we take the elements we need to embrace his love for the simple, the care for the beggar and the refugee family in desperate need. That is the trouble with God; he will insist on being so very ordinary. We do not recognise him. This is one profound meaning embedded in the act of eating the bread and drinking the wine. In this simple process we are meeting the small God that Jesus saw in suffering humanity. This is not a symbolic act of the church, it is the living connection between the life of Jesus and his people in ordinary elements. Somehow, through your Communion, if you are sincere in searching for him in humility and asking forgiveness, Jesus will come to you and as the days go by, you will know it.

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