Originally scheduled for October 20
Organizations usually develop a character all their own. This
character can be seen and explored in phases. There is usually an
entry ritual of some sort (think about being a new hire at a
corporation.) Sometimes there’s even a name for this, rookie.
Perhaps a bit more subtle is the fact that they
usually have a ritual to confirm that people continue to be in the
organization. Baseball fans sing Take Me out to the Ballgame,
during the seventh inning stretch. Sometimes the organist will play
Three Blind Mice when the umpires take the field. Very often the
organist has a melody that he or she plays for each given player on
the team. This contributes to team spirit; those who know which
melody means which player are taken to be true fans.
rituals define “who is in” and what they’re doing. Some of them are
“everybody” rituals; others are not. But the existence of these
rituals define what kind of organization this is.
The Christian organization is the church.
Baptism is the entry ritual; Communion is the ongoing ritual. We can
take a look at communion’s characteristics as they apply to our
Communion is not elaborate, but
simple. This implies a clarity of purpose which all can understand.
Communion is inexpensive, which
implies the church is open to all, not just the rich.
Communion is solemn, which implies
that it is extremely important.
Communion’s purpose is to remember;
therefore we all have a shared heritage.
So, as you partake of Communion today, may I
suggest that you do the following:
Give thanks that what you do is a
simple act, transparent and honest. God knows you are a sinner; in
the act of Communion you acknowledge it.
Give thanks that there is no
admission charge for communion; rather recognize the commitment of
your life that this implies. It’s not about money; it’s about your
Do this in a worthy manner, befitting
the solemnity of the occasion. Examine yourself in honesty and
accept his forgiveness with gratitude.
As you partake, bring to mind are
shared heritage — the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
You are a part of the church; you belong. This
is how everyone knows it.