Friday, April 13, 2012

this week's theology notes

Theology: Faith Seeking Understanding

Reverend Joshua D. Bowron

“We Believe in the Holy Spirit…” Sacramentality Part Deux

1 Cor. 11:23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

THE sacraments: Baptism and Eucharist, but mostly Eucharist.

1.) The three main entrances into Eucharistic reception and their meaning.
a. Baptism
b. Confirmation, or First Communion
c. “Open Communion”

2.) My bias = Baptism, though I am softening to the others, especially first communion, and besides, just because I understand the other positions, does not mean that I agree, in fact I really disagree.

3.) How we got here
a. A theological history of each practice.
i. What follows will be a messy representation of 2000+ years of Christian practice.

Next week: meet in the nave with the Confirmation class to discuss sacramentality and worship with things seen, felt, tasted, smelled, and heard.

Recommended: : a lively set of arguments over the “open table.”

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