Learning about worship from the early church

by Richard on June 21, 2010

Bosco Peters on recovering the simplicity of the Eucharist

On Sunday all of us gather from far and near. We read from the scriptures and from the writings of the apostles for as long as possible. Then the one presiding at the service speaks to us, urging everyone to live up to what we have heard in the readings. Then we all stand up together and pray. At the conclusion of our prayers, we greet one another with a sign of peace. Then bread and wine mixed with some water are brought forward. The one presiding offers a long prayer giving thanks. Everyone loudly responding “Amen” concludes this. The eucharist is distributed, and everyone present receives communion. Then deacons take communion to those who are absent.

Those who can afford to contribute financially decide how much to give, and the money is used for orphans, widows, those in distress, the sick, those in prison, or away from home, and all those in need.

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John Meunier 06.22.10 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I would not have found the post otherwise. Really good.

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Pam 07.01.10 at 9:14 am

Richard, reading the last paragraph “Those who can afford…” made me think of last financial year when the Sydney Anglican diocese lost $A360 million as a result of poor investment decisions during the global financial crisis. That the diocese is still operating despite this setback is a very sobering thought. It makes me feel deeply ashamed. There are people doing it tough in my idyllic little town and I mentally pat myself on the back for helping in a miniscule way - pathetic, isn’t it.

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