Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.Gift from God 2
— Rene Dubois

When I saw this quote, I smiled because it reminded me of the sacrament of Holy Communion.  If it sounds like a logical jump, that’s because you haven’t heard our communion liturgy.

As long as I can remember, my church has celebrated open communion.  This means that you don’t have to be a member of Florissant Presbyterian Church, our Presbytery, or the Presbyterian Church USA to partake.  You only have to be a Christian to approach the Communion Table.

Many other Christian denominations put limits on who can take Communion.  You have to be from their denomination, their synod or perhaps even their congregation. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s always some church leader putting another limiter on who can celebrate.  Support gay marriage?  Do you use birth control?  How do you feel about genetic engineering?  Give the wrong answer and there’s no communion for you.

At our church, we only ask one thing — that you be Christian.  It’s been that way for years.

Recently, our communion liturgy has changed and it now includes something that I love.  Seriously.  Love it.

As she welcomes everyone to the Communion Table, Pastor Carol reminds us that this is not Florissant Presbyterian Church’s Communion Table.  It is not a Presbyterian Communion Table.  It is Christ’s Table.

Wow.  Think about how powerful that is?  It isn’t up to our Pastor, our Session or even the General Assembly to say if you as an individual are welcome.

Christ is the one that calls you. It is up to God and only God.

Do you belong to Him?

Then come forward.  You will find acceptance in Him.

–SueBE

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