Friday, February 09, 2007

community

If we are following Jesus, we cannot wait for the perfect community. It was while we were yet sinners that Christ allowed his body to be broken for us...Our commitment to one another in community can be no less than his: 'This is my body broken for you.'
- F. Kefa Sempangi

3 comments:

/rach said...

Hey Bre, What's going on? Are you watching curling today? I kind of have a crush on Carruthers. Have a good weekend~~

Zac said...

Interesting that the Eucharist is implied here. What does it mean to be broken for our community? Hmmm....

Another interesting thing that I read lately, was an article by William Cavanaugh titled; "Dying for the eucharist or being killed by it" in which he says this:

"In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul makes clear that those who are eating the bread and drinking the cup without discerning the body of Christ in the poor of the community are eating and drinking their own condemnation. In fact, many of them are weak and ill because of it, and some have died (1 Cor 11:29-30). Paul is not speaking metaphorically; he believes quite simply that the eucharist is killing them!"

I'm not entirely sure how this applies to your quote, Bre. Perhaps you were using this quote with different intentions, but it sparked my memory of this quote none the less. So, if we take the Eucharist "in church", an act which is to unify and strenghten the body of Christ, but do so without truly "discerning" the body, or taking the time to acknowledge those trouble areas in our community, what effect does that have on us?

If you are interested, you can read the full article here:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3664/is_200107/ai_n8993556

Dave said...

Hey Bre,

I was talking today with someone about Church as Club vs. Church as Family. A Club is something you join because it looks interesting, and quit when you stop enjoying it. A family can be home to a lot of awkwardness and tension (maybe it's supposed to), and because of that has the greatest potential for reward and growth. Family isn't easy, but what good things are?

-Dave