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February 18, 2005

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Another thought struck me, one unrealated to video games. My dad grew up Catholic, and I recall a couple stories about the rite of confession: Pop into the box, say the words, run thru the list, get your penance. If you were good, you coule have your Hail Mary's and Our Father's done before you hit the sidewalk in front of the church. Clearly something has been missed.

The econo-commune makes me feel like that.

It's great! What did you expect when you posted this question? A lot of whiny critics decrying the McChurching of America right? Well if it helps a few people who wouldn't otherwise be able to recieve the Lord's Supper because of issues of travel, isolation, sickness etc then thank God for it!

Communion is a shared meal with our God. So i find the merely symbolic action represented by the modern practice of communion to be lacking.

Historic Churches that understand the Lord's supper in a deeper or sacramental way already do have a method to take Communion to those shut in, ill or otherwise isolated. Since these Churches have practiced the Sacrament for two thousand years, they have contingencies for any human condition.

All you guys are killing me! I am laughing outloud! The drive up communion is hilarious; my sides hurt. I have however experienced "drive through" church. You pull up, connect the wires to your attenta and tune in while in the parking lot. They open this big window, so you can actually see the preacher. Yet, the sanctuary remains only half full. It still exists here in Southern California. There's something else to blog about Chris!!

All you guys are killing me! I am laughing outloud! The drive up communion is hilarious; my sides hurt. I have however experienced "drive through" church. You pull up, connect the wires to your attenta and tune in while in the parking lot. They open this big window, so you can actually see the preacher. Yet, the sanctuary remains only half full. It still exists here in Southern California. There's something else to blog about Chris!!

I think this unfortuantely says a lot of how culture has affected our practice of the gospel. Super size me is not only affecting our bodies but also our spiritual lives.

i call this Mc communion...and while i much prefer a challice ..wine and real bread not wafers...i did grow up with little "chicklet" wafers and the passing of the trays of little cups just like this filled with welches..
i have seen this used for large crowds...and while it doesn't fit my taste, i will say that my best friend made a decision to follow christ the night she walked into a church that was handing the mc communion out as we came in the door! it was a good friday service, packed house, with a presentation by jews for jesus, but she said that when they handed her the communion, she knew she had to make a decision before she could take it!
SO i do believe that jesus can use even mc communion to bring his presence to people in a powerful way!
and btw> during flu season, i would much rather have a sealed wafer than the passed around chicklet kind ! : )....and due to flu season i tend to "dunk/intinct" my wafer in the challice of wine at 11 am rite one since i tend to be the last at the rail! : )

"i do believe that jesus can use even mc communion to bring his presence to people in a powerful way"

lillylewin makes a good point here. And it's got me thinking... God is not hindered by our ridiculousness. It appears that most everyone that has commented so far would, despite their personal sentiments, concede that Christ both has and will continue to meet his people in the elements even if they come in slick little containers. I guess He truly is the Transcendant One!

To lillylewin....response to your comment: "and due to flu season i tend to "dunk/intinct" my wafer in the challice of wine at 11 am rite one since i tend to be the last at the rail!"

My mother is very cautious when she is told "everyone join hands..." Mom refrains from some people who may be carrying a cold virus of some sort. (Hey, she has a point!)

Oh Lord have mercy!

Symbols speak. What does this plastic, disposable, cheap, individualized, quasi-convenient, manufactured (mass-produced) piece of claptrap communicate about our understanding of Jesus' Body and Blood, Christian community, the incarnation, forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, etc?

Ugh.

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