Instructed Eucharist

Date: Sunday, June 1
Time: 8 am and 10:30 am services
Location: Church

This Sunday we are participating in an Instructed Eucharist. We will be moving through the worship services in a way that more fully calls our attention to why we are doing what we are doing.

The Rev. Kate Wesch will be leading an Instructed Eucharist for the Pre-K to 3rd Graders in the Great Hall during the 10:30 am service.

Below are a few questions to consider before Sunday’s worship.

What is worship?

Praising God as a community summed up in the Opening Acclamation:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thought of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Why do we order the service the way we do?

The mechanism of worship offers all people an avenue through which to engage their greatest worship gift.  There is silence for the meditative.  There are physical postures for the kinesthetic person.  There is art and architecture for the aesthetically oriented, and music for those who sing or those so moved by music.  There is food to taste, and candles to gaze upon and (at some services) incense to smell.  There are words of scripture, for those captivated by story, and there is analysis through sermons for the intellectually oriented.  There is intercessory prayer and silent prayer and a moment in the prayers to offer personal praise and petition.  There is physical touch through the greeting of the peace.  The order of the Episcopal service is designed to include the prayer charismas of all people.

Why is it so regular?

In a world that is full of change, the regular routines and rhythms of worship reflect the regular rhythms of routines of life in the kingdom of God as so ordered and ordained by God to build trust between God and humanity.

Eucharistic Background

Eucharist comes from the Greek word “eucharistia” which means “thanksgiving.” The Eucharist is “The Great Thanksgiving” in which we meet God in the ordinary substances of bread and wine.  When we partake of the Eucharist, we share in the life of Jesus Christ and become partners with him in his life and death.  Names for the Eucharist include: The Lord’s Supper, The Holy Communion, the Holy Eucharist, The Mass, and The Holy Liturgy.  Jesus instituted the Eucharist on the eve of the great feast of the Passover of the Jews.  This took place on the night before he was crucified, and is commonly referred to as The Last Supper.