The Means of Grace are the instruments by which God communicates to us the justifying, sanctifying, and perfecting grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are many means of grace; principle among those that have been traditionally identified are: prayer, fasting, worship, preaching, the study of the scriptures, fellowship, service, giving, and the historic dominical sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Through these means of grace -- and, most especially, through the blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion -- God communicates to us the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the Eucharist we are nourished by the love of God, empowered for mission and ministry, bound together into the body of Christ, and transformed into greater and greater likenesses of our risen Lord. In the Lord's Supper we meet Jesus, face to face, and partake of his real presence. Suffice it to say, Holy Communion is very important for Christian life, faith, and practice. It is for all of these reasons that a section of Grace Incarnate has been set aside and devoted to explicating the theological meaning, liturgical form, celebration practice, and faithful participation in the Eucharist.
In the Communion Theology Resources
section will be found articles, papers, sermons, and other discourses pertaining to the meaning of the Eucharist in Christian faith and history.
In the Communion Liturgy Resources
section will be found Eucharistic rituals from the United Methodist and Anglican traditions, as well as liturgies which I have written for use in worship.
In the Communion Video Resources
section will be found links to video Eucharists which I have celebrated.
In the Communion Celebration Lab
will be found a tutorial containing suggestions for clergy to help them develop a clean, worshipful, intentional, and effective method for presiding at the Sacrament. Attention will be given to celebration styles for use in both Traditional and Non-traditional services.
And, finally, I want to offer a Paper
containing my remarks regarding online communion, my ministry's prior experiment with this practice, and my conclusions which I presented to the UMC's Online Communion Consultation in 2014.