Red Kool-Aid ?

Are you a member of a religious denomination ?

For several decades I’ve visited and worshipped in many churches.

The varieties of worship styles and liturgy reflect our varying preferences and cultures. God, designed us all uniquely, for His purposes.

One of the most fascinating things I’ve observed is how different groups celebrate the sacrament of Communion, or The Lord’s Supper. This was instituted by Christ myself, on the night he was betrayed.

At many churches, small cubes of white bread and tiny containers of grape juice are consumed by worshippers, as they commemorate Christ’s sacrifice for us.

At one church I visited, the pastor passed around a whole loaf of bread, and everyone tore off a little piece of it. (germs…?).

At the Vatican, I received the Eucharist, the communion wafer, in a crowd of 60,000 worshippers, outside, at St. Peter’s Square.

And, memorably, there was the time a church served tiny ( and tasty) salted crackers, and tiny cups of red Kool-Aid as their Communion celebration.

What would Jesus say about this variety ? Of course, we don’t know, but what we know with absolute certainty is that Christ expects us to be united in Spirit. (John 17:21).

Although each individual worshipper is infinitely precious in God’s eyes, essentially Christianity is a faith that involves all of us working together as spiritual brothers and sisters, and members of the huge Body of Christ. We are all equally valuable as we move God’s Kingdom forward in the world, and invite others to share the Good News of Salvation. We, the believers in this age, need to be working diligently in these times of the harvest. We no longer have time for inter-denominational squabbling.

Communion styles vary considerably amongst Christ followers, but , as we partake, we agree, with the Psalmist : ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’. (Psalm 34:8)

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27 thoughts on “Red Kool-Aid ?

  1. So true. “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” How we do it isn’t as important as acknowledging what Jesus did for us. One thing the communion table teaches us is we’re one body that is to love one another.

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  2. Thank you for a very thoughtful post Sally. It is interesting to see the many ways God’s children remember His Son, and His sacrifice on our behalf. But too often many forget the most important ingredient in the proceedings, a heart surrendered and prepared to approach His Throne of Grace. May God bless you on this Lord’s Day sister.

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  3. It’s better to have salted crackers and Kool-aid for communion and be united in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice, than to go through the motions of the Lord’s Supper without God’s love in our hearts. The love of Christ compels us to work together in Christian unity. Great thoughts, Sally. Blessings!

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  4. Germs? 😊 I visited a small church that celebrated communion with every meeting: a matzoh from which I broke off a piece to eat and a common cup from which I declined to drink since a couple of attendees were sniffling! 😨 But their hearts were good, although their theology about the Lord’s Supper and spiritual gifts were somewhat skewed.
    On another occasion at a house church, no one had any wine or grape juice so they used orange juice! 😅 Again, the community felt loving and cooperative even though of couple of them decided they would be SURE to bring grape juice next time.
    “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16;7

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  5. My church uses the grape juice. I once confronted our pastor. “Didn’t Jesus use wine?” I felt clever, of course, and hoped I’d shame him into taking us into a more Biblically correct “blood” for communion. Didn’t work, of course, but it doesn’t hurt to question customary practices, the explanation my pastor gave for the grape juice. I suppose a more authentic “body” would be a flat bread with lots of field trash and rodent and insects waste in it, so I don’t press my luck suggesting that modification for authenticity. LOL!

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  6. I once went to a church where the blood of Jesus was a whole cup of tea and the body of Jesus, a full sandwich. If i was a child i would frequent that church thank God I am old enough to know what takes me to church. 🙂 Thanks for your very awesome writing

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    1. Thanks so much.
      That is a very interesting interpretation of a Communion meal….
      In all cases, however, Jesus provides for our needs. He is a trustworthy Saviour. 🤗

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