Recently I've been reading about the early church, in particular the beginnings of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. There seems to be new scholarship suggesting that the celebration of the Lord's Supper was part of a larger meal. The part I am interested in is that "in the beginning" story telling accompanied the remembrance and celebration of the Lord's Supper.
As the church became "institutionalized" this story telling element of the meal was lost. Oh, yes the minister who presides at the table tells the story of the meal.....but worshippers do not speak during the Sacrament.
What would happen if we infused the Sacrament with story telling? How would our stories of God's power, grace and activity in our lives transform the Sacrament of Communion?
I am currently pondering how I can help the church I serve to encoropate story telling in the midst of worship.
Thsi topic came up during a meeting of the Session. Several elders were concerned about the negative and critical attitude of a number of our members. We decided that we must begin to tell our stories....the postive, powerful stories of God's work in our lives. These stories have the power to redirect bad attitudes.