Thursday, October 25, 2012

What Kind of Community?

The Anglican Church is described in various ways: as an incarnational community; as a resurrection community; as a Eucharist community and so on. Each is, of course, true in its own way.

As an incarnational community we believe that Jesus was born, that in a unique way he embodies God and that his community is called to be like him.

As a resurrection community we believe that Jesus rose to newness of life on the third day after his death and that his followers are called to embody his life in our community.

As a Eucharistic community we believe that by sharing in bread and wine (his body and blood) we can grow more deeply into being a truly incarnational, resurrectional and Eucharistic community. The very word by which we call ourselves, “Christ-ian” means, “Christ-like.” A bold and daring claim no matter how you look at it.

Our central act as a community in worship is the Holy Eucharist and it is appropriate to take time to think about what it means to be in communion with one another (and God). That is why we’ve planned three sessions to “quietly explore the Holy Eucharist” together. It is not intended to be a top-down kind of study group where the party-line is drilled into us. It will be a chance for us to talk, think and ask about the substance, meaning and call of the Holy Eucharist.

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings, from October 30 to November 13 whoever wishes to gather and explore this important question is welcome to come to the Parish Hall. If you can only make one or are only interested in one of the specific topics, by all means, come to that one. If you can make it to two or all three, that’s great too.

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