Some in the ChristianChurches and Churches of Christ, as noted above, view the Lord’s Supper as an ordinance, something to practice because of Christ’s command, and a memorial, a time to acknowledge Christ’s death for humanity.The ChristianChurches need to give greater attention to the Eucharist as a “visible word.”This emphasis would help the ChristianChurches move beyond an Enlightenment and particularly Protestant emphasis upon rational or verbal communication and come to appreciate the importance of “showing” or symbolic communication in worship.
Also, the ChristianChurches must come to a greater understanding that worship practices, like the Eucharist, inform our language and belief and have ethical implications.Worship forms Christians for ministry and calls people.For the story the church recites in worship “shapes the church, forms spirituality, and motivates the mission of the church.”This formation shapes the church for authentic witness.While some fear exists about the “threat” of postmodernism, philosophers like Wittgenstein and some theologians indebted to him can help all Christians retrieve these emphases and embody an authentic witness.
I am a 2006 graduate of Johnson University and 2010 graduate of Emmanuel Christian Seminary. I currently serve as the Associate Minister of Youth at Cenral Holston Christian Church in Bristol, TN, where I live with my wife Sherri, cats Tonks and Lupin, and dog Max. This fall I will begin a doctoral program at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. I am a native of Pennsylvania, and thus a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and Panthers. I love TV shows like The Office, The Simpsons, and X-Files and as a drummer, my favorite band is Rush.