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Laughter and a Stained White Robe

April 17, 2011

by Pastor Tim Westermeyer When I think of Communion from my youth, I don’t think of one single memory, but instead find myself reflecting on a constellation of different images and recollections. I remember how, for instance, my Mother would come back to the pew to sit and pray after she received Communion. That taught […]

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Planting a Tree

April 16, 2011

by John Schultz I grew up in a Lutheran church where you received first communion after confirmation. Confirmation followed two years of classes with Pastor in his study. The day before my confirmation in early May, I helped my Dad in the yard, as we were expecting many guests for my confirmation celebration. It was […]

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Empty Bowl

April 15, 2011

by Stuart Aasen Well here we are. Lenten services have just ended and my wife and I have just helped serve communion. I love serving communion. But tonight was different. Where were the wafers? There are always enough wafers in the bowl to serve everyone and have left overs to give back to the pastors […]

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The Words of Institution

April 14, 2011

From This Far by Faith, Holy Communion Setting One P   God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,      you have brought us this far along the way. In times of bitterness you did not abandon us,      but guided us into the path of love and light. In every age you sent prophets      to […]

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Jesus is the Bread of Life

April 13, 2011

The Gospel of John 6: 35-50 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will […]

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With Eyes Open and Hands Outstretched

April 12, 2011

by William Willimon Christians still gather on Sunday in order not to forget, in order to remember who we are and the victory which is ours in Jesus Christ. There, in the sermon and at the table, our eyes are opened and we see. We rise from the table, rushing out the door and into the […]

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A Communion Prayer

April 11, 2011

by A. W. Tozer Dear Lord and Savior, We come to your table in faith, for you have told us, “As often as you do this, do it in memory of Me.” Help us to celebrate this remembrance of death and resurrection in the very best way we know how. Do then, we pray Thee, […]

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God is Present

April 10, 2011

from the ELCA website There is a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s Word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God […]

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