On communion, and the need thereof (9 April 2020)

This follows on from yesterday, and is driven to a certain extent by the anticlercialism of this time. We are told that we should not meet together — but we will. We will. Until we lose videoconferencing, or telephones, or emails, we will. To stop us you will have to rip up the fibreoptic and copper cables that wire us together and are the basis for half the commerce of The global corporations whose loyalty is to Babylon [1].

Calvin, who most people think is not a fan of sacraments, notes that we will always approach the table imperfectly.

Therefore, although we feel our faith to be imperfect, and our conscience not so pure that it does not accuse us of many vices, that ought not to hinder us from presenting ourselves at the Lord’s holy table, provided that amid this infirmity we feel in our heart that without hypocrisy and dissimulation we hope for salvation in Christ, and desire to live according to the rule of the gospel. I say expressly, provided there be no hypocrisy.

We don’t need much to meet at the table. At the risk of offense to the liturgically sensitive, you can strip things back. Way back. The entire liturgy can be three verses from I Corinthians 11. I would add a confession, for none of us are able to love as Christ did, particularly within the Church, where all to often there is hurt and damage[2], not love and healing.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

John 13:31-35

31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now [a]is the Son of Man glorified, and God [b]is glorified in Him; 32 [c]if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

I’m setting up the shopping list with kea to include bread and wine for the weekend. Not for us, for the table. Because I know I need to recall Christ and proclaim his death. Regularly. I know there are plenty of people who will be meeting in small groups, or alone. Some can’t get what they are used to. It matters a lot less than you think. Because our obedience to God is more important than regulations, and we can have a thousand families as congregations.

  1. I am not blaming the USA, though many of these companies are based in San Fransisco or Seattle. These companies have their own, transnational, woke, inter sectional agenda
  2. Yes, I know this should not be so, but there are many leaders who are weeds not trees, who cause damage and destruction. You can see them by the failed parishes they leave behind them. They may keep the letter of the law (but often do not), but they don’t have compassion, love, and they don’t engender hope