PASTOR SPEAKS

Taken, blessed, broken and shared

Recently the consistory had its bi-annual visit from the Congregational Support Committee of the Albany Classis. Sounds official, doesn't it? Every other year each church in the Classis receives one of these visits from a team of two, one elder and one pastor, also from the Classis. It is simply a time for the Classis to connect with each of the churches and offer their care and support. When I am the pastor at the church which is being visited I am always a little nervous about what our consistory will say. After all they get 30 minutes alone with the "team" to speak up about not only what they think is going great, but also about where they think the congregation... and the pastor may be struggling. You understand my worry? But after that 30 minute period the pastor gets to join the conversation. We all talk together and share our joys and concerns, always ending with how we would like the Classis to pray for us.

One of the questions asked of the elders and deacons each year is this: "What parts of your life as a consistory do you find the most rewarding?" And this year, the first answer given to that question was, "Serving communion." I love that answer! It is one of the things that I find most rewarding as a pastor as well. Communion is such a beautiful and poignant moment in our worship time together.

Rev. Samuel Wells says this about communion: "Communion is a microcosm of the service as a whole. The elements of bread and wine are taken, blessed, broken and shared just as Jesus was taken, blessed, broken and shared. In a similar way the congregation as a whole is taken out of its ordinary pursuits; blessed with the grace and truth of forgiveness and scripture; broken in the disciplines of intercession, peacemaking and food-sharing; and shared with the world in love and service. As the bread and wine are offered, transformed and received, the congregation, and through it the whole creation, is offered, transformed and received."

Taken, blessed, broken and shared. An amazing reminder of what happens not just in communion, but also in our lives as children of God and as a community together.

Communion is our constant reminder of this call from God. I pray that we remember and respond.

Taken, blessed, broken and shared... together... for God,
Pastor Dawn