Sharing the Eucharist Before a Lecture on the Eucharist

Today I sprung a surprise on my students.  When the students in my “Church, Ministry, and Sacraments” class arrived, they found the chairs and tables stacked up, the floor filled with pillows and bean bags, and a modest agape feast prepared for them.  We then had the Lord’s Supper, sang “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, I spoke from Ezekiel 16.59-63 about the new covenant, and we finished with a prayer. After some serious snacking, we then had a debate between two teams on the “Symbolic” vs. “Sacramental” interpretation of the Eucharist. It was a great debate, good fun, done in a good spirit, and a good exercise in theological thinking. Since votes for the winning team were tied, I cast the deciding vote in favor of the Sacramental position. Then we had a lecture on different views of the Eucharist including Catholic, Lutheran, Zwinglian, and Reformed perspectives. A great morning of feeding on Christ, fellowshipping with each other, and doing theology.

  • Jonny Lush

    Great Stuff MB. A great idea to set the tone of unity as you enjoyed the supper together before getting into the argument about it.

    • Alan Stanley

      Ditto!

  • Jonny Lush

    Great Stuff MB. A great idea to set the tone of unity as you enjoyed the supper together before getting into the argument about it.

    • Alan Stanley

      Ditto!

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  • Recoffey

    Was this done in a church setting? While taught as sacramental, it appears that it was celebrated as symbolic, without the church setting that is required. Do you baptize students at the school in preparation for teaching on baptism? Does the school authorize this? While I appreciate the sentiment, I am afraid that the setting reduces the celebration to sentimentality. Were all the students baptized? So many questions could be asked. I am afraid that I find this approach problematic.

  • Recoffey

    Was this done in a church setting? While taught as sacramental, it appears that it was celebrated as symbolic, without the church setting that is required. Do you baptize students at the school in preparation for teaching on baptism? Does the school authorize this? While I appreciate the sentiment, I am afraid that the setting reduces the celebration to sentimentality. Were all the students baptized? So many questions could be asked. I am afraid that I find this approach problematic.