How Can Something So Frequent
Be Something So Meaningful?
I am often asked by our more evangelical brothers and sisters how it is that we in the Anglican and Lutheran traditions can celebrate the Holy Communion so frequently without it losing its meaning? Indeed, anything can become stale if it devolves into simply “going through the motions”. But we understand the great power that is given to us at the Altar, and we need to recognize that the statements of our faith tell us that we are quite literally handed a means of grace to live holy lives and grow in that holiness.
This is what we are taught—
“It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink” … “the Body and Blood of Christ, given to his people and received by faith.” (Luther’s Small Catechism and The Book of Common Prayer Catechism, respectively).
During the month of October, we offer a course of instruction for those who would like to receive communion for the first time OR have long been receiving communion and would like to understand what is done at a deeper level.
Something that is done frequently can indeed be meaningful. It is not unlike breathing and eating. We breathe when we take in God’s Word. We eat when we partake of what Jesus gives us and, in the words of Thomas Aquinas, Jesus “gives himself with his own hand”.
When we make our communions, we traditionally do so by replying, “Amen” or, “Yes, I agree” or “This is most certainly true”. Let us all endeavor to be diligent about examining ourselves and our lives, being reconciled with our neighbors, and intending to lead a new life. That is how we can make something that is offered so frequently serve as a means of grace for the strengthening of our lives.
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Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
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We’re launching a capital campaign to replace our broken analog carillon with a digital system capable of playing 8200 hymns. You can designate memorial money, or mark your gift “Carillon Replacement” or “Bell Tower Bells.” An anonymous donor will match any gift of $250 or more up to $5,000. Thank you for your help in bringing the music back to Messiah’s bell tower!
Kits for World Relief
WELCA is collecting supplies for school kits, health kits, and sewing kits. There is a drop box/basket in the narthex (the entryway in front of the sanctuary). The items will be collected on October 24th and distributed by Lutheran World Relief.
- Four 70-sheet college-ruled, spiral-bound notebooks, approx. 8”x 10.5”
- One 30-cm ruler
- One pencil sharpener
- One pair blunt scissors
- Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers, secured together with rubber band
- One box of 16 or 24 crayons
- One sturdy, drawstring cloth bag with shoulder straps, approx. 14”x 17”. No standard backpacks.
- One dark 52”x 27” bath towel
- Two bath-size bars of soap
- One adult-size packaged toothbrush
- One wide-toothed comb
- One metal nail file, or nail clippers with file attached
- 2-3 yards of cotton or cotton blend, solid or print material
- 1-2 spools of matching thread
Wrap all sewing items in the fabric and tie it securely.