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Experiencing the body of Christ

The body of Christ, given for you.” 

Such simple words. Yet such deep and profound words that connect us with God and each other, both spiritually and physically, through all time and space.

I move down the line, distributing the bread to each person who has come forward to receive communion. I repeat those words as I press the bread into open and extended hands. Eyes meet mine as we celebrate this holy moment. We are the body of Christ gathered and united at his table.

I recently served as a pastoral presence in a congregation that had suffered the rapid decline and death of their pastor’s spouse. For five weeks I presided at communion so the pastor could tend to his spouse and then to his self-care after her death. Other leaders preached and conducted worship. I offered a reminder that in difficult and painful times we are never separated from Christ. Christ is truly present in communion.


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