Experience God in the here and now through Communion.
This book explores how celebrating the presence of God With Us through Holy Communion nourishes our souls, refreshes our sense of community, and equips us for mission in Christ's name. Yet many Christians do not understand Communion or see it only as an empty ritual. Because of that, low worship attendance or enthusiasm commonly accompanies Communion Sundays—leaving churches feeling spiritually depleted. This book provides insights and practical suggestions for giving this sacrament a more prominent role, not just in church life, but in the Christian formation of individuals.
For small groups, Sunday school classes, and as a preaching resource, Holy Communion: Celebrating God with Us by Kenneth M. Loyer and general editor William H. Willimon is suitable for a four-week study and includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
The Belief Matters series assists pastors and clergy in explaining fundamental elements of the church and its worship to congregations. Holy Communion is the second in the series and follows Incarnation by William H. Willimon.
“I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Holy Communion, spiritual renewal or church vitality. Loyer’s offering is highly readable yet still substantive. Indeed, there is plenty of meat on the bones here even for those well-read in liturgical theology and worship or church growth more broadly. Moreover, each chapter contains a series of reflection questions and a prayer, making it ideal for small groups and Sunday School classes. I highly recommend this new resource for both, as well as churchwide study.” Drew McIntyre - an Elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves West Bend UMC.
“This book will help deepen your appreciation and understanding of Holy Communion whether you are new to the Christian faith or a pillar of the church. What may have been an empty ritual or an excuse to miss worship may become a life changing source of spiritual power and motivation for mission. I highly recommend this practical book.”
--Pat Day, First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA
“In the tradition of Christian faith, there is no more significant place than the Lord’s Table, where belief and practice matter most to nurture transformative and faithful living. Ken Loyer’s book, Holy Communion: Celebrating God with Us clarifies what the sacred feeding at the Lord’s Table is all about, as it revives the holy appetite to dine at the divine feast. The book makes a compelling case why Holy Communion is the most potent means of grace for renewal and transformation of the Christian life and the church. The author is a gifted pastor, as well as an insightful scholar. His current ministry is a vivid testimony to the difference that the authentic encounter with the living presence of God at the Lord’s Table makes in the life and ministry of a congregation. Rediscovering the belief and practice of Holy Communion is the missing link that our church is looking for in its search for transformational renewal. Holy Communion: Celebrating God with Us is indeed what we’ve been waiting for.”
--Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, Harrisburg Episcopal Area, The United Methodist Church