Saturday, September 16, 2006

Question of the Day

Should the Eucharist be served with leavened or unleavened bread?

12 comments:

see-through faith said...

it doesn't matter!

(grin)

what is important is that we allow God to meet us!

John said...

Lorna, it does matter because there is a completely insufficient level of internal conflict in the Body of Christ right now.

truevyne said...

It's all good, brother!

Rev. C. S. Roberts said...

Oreos

j/k

Mitch said...

Definitely NOT Oreos (or potato chips, as my youth minister once suggested), but any actual bread will do.

Richard said...

WWJU?

We use unleaven bread. Though it really doesn't matter. I always have trouble picturing communion time as a meal though. I mean, speck of bread they give us wouldn't be enough to feed my pet mouse.

John said...

Back home in Alabama, we use Budweiser and moonpies.

Dana said...

Answer - yes.

Keith McIlwain said...

While unleavened bread might be preferable, I think the best thing to do is to use a bread, when possible, actually baked by a church member, with the loaf or loaves brought to the altar as part of the morning offering. Very symbolic of using our God-given resources and talents for service.

I would vote a definite "no" to potato chips or doritos, unless there was absoltely nothing else available.

James said...

Our church uses the premade communion elements in the little foil and plastic. I alays thought we were eating styrofoam.

DannyG said...

It doesn't matter as to the type. But the quality does matter, at least to me. Most of my youth the communion bread was little cubes cut out the day before, stale, and hardened into a likeness of a cruton, but without the flavour. My senior year in H.S. we had a new minister at our church and his wife baked fresh, whole wheat bread for the communion service...it seemed so much more personal. Thus fresh communion bread was baked every communion Sunday in the church kitchen, and you could smell it as you came in the door, a way to get one thinking about the "meal" which was to soon come. (also, what do you do with the leftover bread? At my current church we break it up and feed the birds with it.)

codepoke said...

Go Keith.

I vote leavened because the wave offering of the two loaves in Leviticus was of leavened bread. In this case, the leaven symbolizes the life of the Spirit that is shared between pre-Christian and Christian followers of God. That parable of Christ's about the little bit of leaven leavening the whole lump is not about sin, but about the life of the Spirit.