Presented by Niánn Emerson Chase
to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service
The first thing I want you to do is turn to the person sitting next to you so you’ll be facing them. Take both of the hands of the person you are facing; look into each other’s eyes, and each take a turn sharing with the other what you love about him/her that reflects an aspect of God’s personality. [Some time passes as this activity is done.] Now I want each one of you just to think silently for a couple of seconds. How did that experience make you feel? How did you feel as a the receiver? How did you feel as the giver?
What you all just experienced was a form of communion. What does communion mean? According to the tenth edition of Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary communion means:
mutual participation; the act or instance of sharing; intimate fellowship or rapport. A Christian sacrament in which consecrated bread and wine are consumed as symbols for the realization of a spiritual union between Christ and the communicant.
Derivatives of communion are commune, which means “to communicate intimately;” communicate means “to share, to transmit information, thought or feeling, so that it is satisfactorily received or understood. To open into each other; to connect.” And community means “a unified body of individuals; a body of individuals having something in common. A fellowship.”