March 5, 2014
Sacred Meal with Deborah
Deborah and Craig Fletcher introduce themselves and talk about their background and how they got to the Brewery. The study “The Sacred Meal” by: Nora Gallagher is introduced. We are going to get a new take on Communion.
Lectio Divina – excerpt from “The Sacred Meal”
“I hope, not to become one with God in such a way as to lose my own sense of self and boundaries, but instead to become in god more like myself. ‘Like a night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see,’ said C. S. Lewis. ‘Here as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.’ Each one of us is unique. There is no one like you anywhere in the world, and there will never be again another person like you. Bring yourself to the table. You are a guest at God’s feast. You are an honored guest. You are a friend here. You are loved the way a friend is loved. Your best friend knows your flaws and foibles but loves you nevertheless.”
Communion – what does it mean to each of us? How do we feel about it?
There is talk that Genesis 18 is the foundation story for a meal. Spoke about Jewish Satyr and Islamic Ramadan (Iftar meal at the end) and the differences between. The author took part in all of these different types of meals. Talked about how communion evolved from the meal out of Jewish homes and the meals that Jesus shared with his followers. Food was a big deal back then. We sometimes take food for granted because for most of us food is in abundance and not really something we have to worry too much about. They had to walk everywhere and we can just hop in a plane or a car. Back then you had to rely on other people to house and feed you since you couldn’t possibly carry all the food that you would need with you. Communion revolved around a meal, revolved around a community. Communion is the one practice that brings people together, something that you need other people for.
The forward of the book talks about how we are right in the middle of a reformation. Things will either look like mega churches or something more like the Brewery. Shockingly, we all vote for the Brewery.
We talked about our own communion experiences.
If you are worried about whether or not you are in the right space to take communion, think again. Deborah read us a few stories from “The Sacred Meal” to help explain this last statement.
“If you are hungry for communion, take it.”
We took this week’s communion – King’s Bread and Grape Juice.