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Communion

  1. I was so not ready today and I saw tables with red coverings and I know the shape, how they set up communion plates. I was so nervous about should I take it should I not. I tried to pray for God to make me worthy but having so many impulsive and bad thoughts, it was frightening. Still, I ended up taking it. At first I had trouble swallowing the bread, I've felt a little sick and I hope that was not a sign of me being unworthy that I could not take it at first. The bread and wine were sweet, and seemed good. I thought about the Lutherans, I've been talking to them and it seems a lot of Lutheran things were brought up today. I thought of their communion theology, it is bread and the body of Jesus Christ, it is wine and the blood of Jesus Christ. I have to hope I have not sinned by taking unworthily, I did try to remember the Lutheran's general confession (did I get the name right?) and pray but of course my mind does not make it easy. I remember sometimes in the past, thinking about being hungry on communion days and being carnal, or as a kid not wanting to drink all of the wine. I need to be forgiven for that too. Maybe communion will strengthen my faith, that's something I hope, that communion may restore me some more and give me faith and peace.
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  1. Haipule
    Let me tell you what a Jew told me about communion. This is sooo beautiful!

    Jesus’ last Passover feast with His disciples mimics the Jewish custom of marriage proposal. When the woman takes and eats; she is listening to the man’s proposal of marriage. Drinking the cup represents the acceptance of the proposal. After the women accepted the proposal by drinking the cup, the man went to prepare a place for her. When the man's preparations are complete, he comes back and kidnaps his bride(rapture). Right after the bread and cup thing, Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you". He going to come back and snatch us into the clouds of the air! Beautiful isn't it?

    Where is that place? It is in God's house where Jesus is:

    "In My(Jesus') Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:2-6 NASB
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  2. Haipule
    Unfortunately yes, that is how it is taught. And why the original poster started this thread. The autographed language of Paul is simple. Teachers always turns it into rocket science and guilt trips! When I first was able to read it in the Greek, it made me laugh and at the same time, dumbfounded by how it was taught to me! This is real simple stuff folks! If you don't want to be the "sleeper" in that passage: don't drink too much!
  3. HereIStand
    At times, I too am nervous on communion Sundays. We have to see as blessing though. It should build up our faith. Your faith is strong and God wouldn't want you to be frightened by communion.
  4. Haipule
    The word translated as "unworthy" actually means: unweightedly (I love making up words). We do not have an English equivalent. It's referring to improper proportions. If you go back to the beginning of that passage in 1 Corinthians 11 you will see what Paul was referring to. "One is hungry and another is drunk". He was telling them that they were being selfish. The words translated the "Lord's Supper", 'Lord' there is an adjective. It could be translated as "Master Feast" referring to a party or, shindig.

    What Paul was doing, as usual with the Corinthians, was establishing order out of chaos and mentions our Lord's last Passover feast with his disciples(students). So, the reason "many sleep" is because they ate and drank "unweightedly" i.e. improper proportion and were sleeping because of a tryptophan overdose or just passed out drunk!
    1. DeerGlow
      I thought it was a reference to sleeping like physical death.
  5. SkyWriting
    The only one unforgivable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
    Jesus did all the difficult work before you woke up this morning.
  6. faroukfarouk
    1. DeerGlow
      My old church would read one of those at communion, my new church this is the first communion I've been at with them I think.
    2. faroukfarouk
      It's a great practice to remind us why we are there from the Scriptures.