Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Opus 2015-10: Thanksgiving Daily

One of the habits I try to get into on a normal morning is to look at my breakfast as a time of Communion.  Technically Communion is a Christian sacrament that is almost universal across the spectrum of Christianity.  It is also called The Lord Supper and the Eucharist.  It is the center of every Roman Catholic act of worship from Sunday morning to weddings.  It involves unleavened bread and a cup of wine or grape juice.  Since my breakfast usually consists of bread and coffee ,it goes well with the idea of bread and the cup.  Sure, the bread isn’t unleavened and coffee isn’t made from grapes but, it is a focus.

As Paul starts to teach on the Lord’s Supper in I Corinthians 11 he points out that Jesus began by giving thanks.
(1 Corinthians 11:24 KJV)  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
I will take the bread I am going to eat in my hand and spend a few moments in thanks to God.  My mind wanders into the many areas of blessings in my life.  Today I looked at what I held and was impressed by the numerous people and processes that brought a simple piece of bread to my hand.  You had the original farmers who cleared the land and prepared it.  You have the people who developed the wheat and provided the seed.  How about the people who mined the ore that was processed to make the farm machinery.  You see where I was going on this.  Just a simple piece of bread with thousands of highly skilled and hard working people that placed it in my hand.

Truly miraculous.  Truly a blessing.  Truly an object of thanks.  Whom do you thank?  I thank God for His bounty.

And then we get to the cup and coffee.

It isn’t November but we have ample reason to give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving Day.

homo unius libri

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