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“Christian Liturgy is fundamentally an act of *anamnesis, an act of rehearsing God’s actions in history: past and future, realized and promised.” — John Witvliet (CICW)
Last year a few leaders in our church got together to dream up a project to both direct and inspire worship renewal in our weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper. We were reading through the resurrection accounts in Luke and arrived at this unnerving passage where Jesus is walking with a few of his disciples who don’t recognize him. What?! In fact it wasn’t until he broke bread with them that their eyes were opened. In this moment the disciples experienced the kingdom of God revealed in this resurrected King.
As Jesus spoke to this small group of disciples he opened the scriptures and taught about himself from the books of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms (Luke 24). We wondered…what verses, passages, stories did Jesus pick to speak of himself? From here we worked on a year long plan where each Sunday, in the context of the Lord’s Supper, we would read a passage of scripture moving from Genesis to Revelation – culminating in a shared meal during Holy Week.
Our goals for this project are three-fold:
1. To enrich, deepen, expand our remembering (anamesis) of Jesus in our weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper both corporately and individually.
2. To improve our skills both in presenting and hearing scripture.
3. To engage our church in a continuing education/experience of the work of our Triune God in the liturgical act of the Lord’s Supper.
*Anamnesis – (from the Greek word ἀνάμνησιν meaning memory), refers to the memorial character of the Lord’s Supper where we are called to ‘remember’ the Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. It has its origin in Jesus’ words at the Last Supper, “Do this in memory of me” (Ancient Greek: “τοῦτο ποιεῖτε εἰς τὴν ἐμὴν ἀνάμνησιν”, (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25).