Communion must be evident in Christ-centered communities!

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and responsible followers of Jesus Christ, I recently encountered the communion in community.  We started a series of Implicit Bias.  Our working definition of Implicit Bias is an unconscious thinking that evaluates one group and its members relative to another group even when that thinking does not align with our started beliefs, values, or commitments.

Everyone has implicit bias and unfortunately, we are unaware of the impact on our relationship with other people.  However, we believe deeply that we are regularly immune to bias.  The myth is only bad people have implicit bias.  And the truth is all people have implicit biases.

How does Jesus invite us to recognize our implicit bias?  Jesus offers us to invite someone unlike ourselves to a table for conversation and ultimately reconciliation.  If we can come back to the table enough, we can form the foundation of a trusted community.  But without the next level of communion with each other, it is short lived.

Jesus is constantly inviting people into his presence through the table where food, fellowship and communion happen as instructed in Mark 14:22-25, And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.  And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”

Coming from our meeting this week, I realized that community and communion is possible if we can become aware of our implicit biases and release those to Jesus as we sit at the table of reconciliation with others.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Communion must be evident in Christ centered communities!”

Remember to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day at 12 Noon!

As always, remember, God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!
Pastor Stephen

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,

“Communion must be evident in Christ centered communities!”

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