Missing the sacrament

A post on the absence of Eucharist from the life of the United Methodist Church.

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  1. The United Methodist tradition of radical “hospitality” cheapens communion. As R. E. D. Woolsey said, “The perceived value of a free good is nothing.” In the faith traditions where catechumens need to make a significant effort to study and learn about doctrine and the faith before being given the privilege to participate in the Eucharist, it is naturally special. (During Wesley’s ministry and in the early Methodist Church, you needed to be part of a class or band to take holy Communion; you could not simply walk in off the street with no relationship to Christ or the church.) But in our modern United Methodist tradition where we invite all, independent of baptism, membership, understanding, or relationship with the Lord (We even invite those in enmity with the Lord in the most modern liturgy) to participate, Holy Communion means little. I have a dear friend who converted to United Methodism from Catholicism; but who refuses to participate in Holy Communion in the United Methodist church because of what we have done to it. How far we have departed from John Wesley’s high view of communion in the name of “hospitality.” Perhaps Matthew 7:6 applies here more than our revision to Wesley’s understanding of the sacrament.

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