Tag: communion

Body and Blood

William Carlos Williams wrote, in a poem called The Host:   There is nothing to eat seek it where you will, but the body of the Lord. The blessed plants and the sea, yield it to the imagination Intact.   There is nothing to eat… but the body of the Lord.   Quakers, you know, have an odd approach to…

Community of Communion

Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God… -from 1 John 4 [Sermon given at the annual picnic at Quaker Knoll.] Last week, we talked about integrity, about the Quaker call to live lives of wholeness and honesty. Rather than looking at our personal integrity, though, we looked instead at what it means to be a…

Judas and Peter, Beloved

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34,35 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the…

Moses’ Arms

It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses’ hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun…

Come and Eat (Why Do We Do Communion Differently?)

“Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon. How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.” ― Rumi The tables are burdened heavy with food. Meats, salads, cheeses, vegetables, and of course the ever-glorious table of desserts. This is one of those events where everyone shows up with five stomach’s worth of food, such that it…