There are 2 activities common to most Christian traditions when if comes to celebrating worship. These activities are the particular focus of this area of midst:
- Opening the Bible
In any given time and space where Christians gather to celebrate worship, the following 3 elements are embedded somewhere in either a sermon or as part of the communion time itself.
- God’s Big Story … opening, exploring and engaging in God’s Word … particularly as it relates to The Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
- The Instituting Story … words coming out of The Last Supper of Jesus with the disciples … (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) This is included formally or informally depending on denominational traditions as those gathered share around a communion table
- A Story of Response … A call to action, a prayer for help and/or a form of response by the gathered faith community to be God’s Church in the pattern of Jesus and in the power of Holy Spirit
This section of Midst is included in order to encourage a re-imagination of church in a way that helps everyone, particularly children, to experience God especially in the connection between opening and engaging in the Bible and our responses in the communion time as we continue to be Jesus to one another, the community around us and the world.
Worth pondering …
If all we had was ‘open space’ and did nothing else as part of gathering as a faith community to show we are disciples of The Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, committed to God’s mission in the world, would we would just have:
- One table with
- A Bible
- Bread and a cup of wine/juice?
One table … an alter, a formal table, a kitchen table, the top of a log, a cloth on the ground.