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By Eleanor Kreider

With liveliness and intensity, Eleanor Kreider encourages church buildings to rediscover the biblical and theological issues which formed early Christian Lord's Supper practices. Renewed communion is a key to renewal, witness, and important worship, she says.

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Christ Is Present, the Mystery Is Revealed 111 10. Communion Themes for Life in the Congregation 119 11. Communion Themes for Mission 134 Communion Shapes Character 9. Introduction: Communion That Nurtures 151 12. The Language of Ritual 153 13. Thanksgiving Sets the Tone 163 14. An Open Table? 169 15. A Community of Many Tables 189 16. Words and Stories at the Table 196 Page 8 17. Singing Our Communion Theology 205 18. Offering Ourselves and Our Gifts 215 19. An Environment for Thanksgiving 220 20.

God is not a respecter of persons," Jesus said. God invites all to the great banquet. Yet people come by their own volition, without coercion. Jesus stretched their imagination, jolted their hearts. He was their immensely attractive, yet maddeningly difficult rabbi. Page 22 Life in Common How could they not remember him when they met for a shared meal? On the simplest level of meal fellowship, in obeying his "Do this," they fulfilled what Jesus most desired. He had gathered around him and nurtured a small community.

A Community of Many Tables 189 16. Words and Stories at the Table 196 Page 8 17. Singing Our Communion Theology 205 18. Offering Ourselves and Our Gifts 215 19. An Environment for Thanksgiving 220 20. Praying at the Table 228 What Comes from Communion? 21. Character 241 22. Unity 244 23. Mission 248 Appendixes A. Planning a Communion Service 1. The Basic Design of Christian Eucharist 257 2. A Baptist Pattern from England 258 3. An Informal Breaking of Bread 259 4. Breaking Bread at a Conference 260 B.

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