Posts Categorized: Communion

Today’s Worship Experience

Church is where God’s family gathers ‘Prairie lessons’ help mom provide worship experience for family By Karen Milholland Alley While the apocalyptic genre might seem relatable in some ways during these times we’re living in, the characters I have found myself relating to most during the pandemic are those found in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s account… Read more »

Hopeful Church

Is healing at the core of our congregations? by N. Graham Standish As a seminary student I heard a constant refrain from our professors: Jesus came to preach and teach. It was the pretext underlying our whole seminary education as they trained us to preach and teach. It made sense to me. Isn’t that what… Read more »

The B-Flat Chrisitian

  Come to the Table Finding Inclusion at God’s table by Rebecca Lister     The Last Supper, 1896,  by Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1852–1929)   You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days… Read more »

Barn Boots and Blessings

Ashes and violence and teen’s question: Why?   by Donna Frischknecht Jackson   The sanctuary was mostly quiet. Every now and then a hum, rattle and swoosh from the ancient heating system would interrupt the stillness. It was a welcomed noise as I was trying hard to keep the cavernous room at a toasty 60… Read more »

Writing in the Margins

Forced Ecclesiastical Assimilation? by Antonio ‘Tony’ Aja   I am an immigrant and a former refugee. I came from Cuba to the U.S. via Spain in the late ’60s. I belong to that group of people from the “Global South’’ who began to migrate to this country by the millions after the liberalization of the… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

If we had faith A resource for Sunday’s liturgy based on Luke 17:5-10 by Magdalena I. García   The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and… Read more »

We’ve been here before

A Holy Week reflection for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday We’ve been here beforeA Holy Week reflection for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday by Patrick David Heery, editor The following reflection was delivered at the Holy Week worship service at the Presbyterian Center, the national office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a place undergoing significant… Read more »

A Mote in Minerva’s Eye

Seeing without categorizing   Who are the destitute?In search of a true Communion in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by Anita Coleman For all have cast in of that which they had in abundance, but she of her destitution has cast in all that she had, the whole of her living. —Mark 12:44 (“The widow’s offering,”… Read more »

Living In Between

Adventures of a Presbyterian pastor on a Jesuit campus   What a Catholic taught this Presbyterian about worshipDifferent emphases on the Word and the Eucharist open new possibilities. by Abby King-Kaiser I stood at the back of the room, nervously talking to Mike, our guest preacher, about the weather, the coming spring, and what I… Read more »