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p.rehbein

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"This is my blood......" Communion
« on: Sun Apr 17, 2011 - 05:26:47 »
Thinking about Communion and the practice of it and the various beliefs around it.  Communion is certainly one of the Doctrines Jesus gave to us directly to practice/obey.  I believe pretty much everyone accepts this, but, maybe not.  Thinking how people/Churches vary though in their beliefs surrounding Communion.  Such as how often we should celebrate Communion.  Jesus said "as often as you would" so that seems to me to mean as often as we would.  It does not have to be a firm weekly, monthly celebration, but as often as we would.  Now, I am fine with people/Churches who want to celebrate Communion on a weekly basis, or every day if they want to, hey, God bless 'em............for that would be as often as they would wouldn't it?  The other thing is about the wine and the bread and how some believe that when taking Communion the wine and the bread become the actual blood and flesh of Jesus.  Now, again, if people/Churches believe this, then God bless 'em, they are free to believe as they wish.  I am just saying what I believe (my opinion based on my understanding of scripture).  I believe that they are symbolic of His blood and body and do not actually convert to real blood and flesh when placed in our mouths.  One reason for this would be that if we are to accept the teachings in Acts Chapter 15 about avoiding blood and meat offered as a sacrifice, we would have a big problem there.  For surely Jesus was offered as a Sacrifice for us all thus His flesh would be meat offered as a sacrifice.  As well blood is blood.  Of course there has never been blood more precious than the blood of Jesus Christ IMO considering the wonderful miracle it accomplished.  To cover all the sins of man for all time.........that's really precious blood IMO.  Another reason I believe it to be symbolic is that to take it literal, we must also take literal other statements Jesus made.  Such as when He said "surely you will drink of the cup from which I drink."  He was talking to the disciples about what lay ahead for Him........His being crucified........and all that went with it.............however when He told them they would drink from the cup He drank from, He was speaking symbolically and did not mean that they would drink from the literal cup that He drank from.  Many places in Scripture are like this and I believe that we should try to distinguish the symbolic from the literal as best we can.

Again, let me state, people/Churches are free to believe as they wish and that's fine with me..........I'm just speaking for me!

Our Church uses those little plastic cup thingys with Welche's Grape Juice and we have the Communion waffers that we use to celebrate Communion.  I know some Churches use real wine (ferminted) and real bread (unleavened?).  As well, some Churches have their congregation all drink from one cup.  I've seen a couple of these, they were large silver cups (chalices?) with ornate decorations on them.  If that's what they want to do, that's fine with me, no problem there, I'm just saying what we do. If I were to celebrate Communion this way though, I would be sure to try and find a cup that was earthenware, plain and made on an old time potter's wheel....because to me this would be more close to what Jesus and the disciples used.  But, that's just me. 

We don't use real wine, because Jesus said that He would no longer partake until His return..........and we simply choose to follow His example and abstain from partaking until once again He is with us.............no big deal there IMO, just why we don't use real wine.........

I really don't know all the in's and out's of other Churches as to the "details" of how they celebrate Communion and this is the reason for the OP.  To share with each other those details..............real wine? grape juice? real bread? Communion waffers? one cup? those little plastic thingys? how often? That sort of thing.  I am always interested in learning of other Churches and I enjoy doing so..................so, if you feel so inclined, please share...........

God bless............




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Re: "This is my blood......" Communion
« Reply #1 on: Mon Jul 09, 2012 - 14:35:02 »
Weekly.
Grape juice.
Matzos.
Plastic cups.
Symbolic (with the full implications of "symbol")

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Re: "This is my blood......" Communion
« Reply #2 on: Tue Jul 10, 2012 - 06:38:06 »
Weekly
Small plastic cups
Trays are divided between Kedem grape juice and Manischewitz wine. "Choose appropriatly"
Matzah pieces
Traditional Hebrew blessings over bread and wine

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Re: "This is my blood......" Communion
« Reply #3 on: Tue Jul 10, 2012 - 18:09:20 »
As and when but usually at least once a month, and sometimes in our small home midweek group as well.
Shared plastic cup and real bread.
Symbolic, as Jesus said to do it in rememberece of Him, and the first time(at the last supper)He was still there, so how can it be his real body and blood???

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Re: "This is my blood......" Communion
« Reply #4 on: Wed Jul 11, 2012 - 08:26:05 »
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thanks for your replies guys
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