The Feast of Life and Love

All Hallows logoWelcome to this website for our six-part sermon series on the Eucharist. Here you will find the flyer, information about the sermons and links to them, and further resources (articles, books, poems) to help you explore the meaning and value of the Eucharist in more detail.

The Eucharist is central to our worship at All Hallows – which is why we call our service “Sharing the Feast of Life”. But do we fully appreciate what it is, what we’re doing, what it’s all about, how it fits into our life as a community of followers of Jesus?

The Worship Planning Group decided some time ago that we should have a series of services looking at various aspects of this down-to-earth yet heavenly practice of sharing bread and wine to remember and celebrate Jesus’s dying for the life of the world. This is that series!

These are the aims we agreed for the series:

  1. A greater understanding of what the Eucharist is, what it means, why it’s important/central in the life of the community of believers.
  2. To enable us to consider the Eucharist prayerfully and to reflect on its implications for our communal life together.
  3. “What then shall we do?” How does our (hopefully deeper) understanding of the Eucharist lead to transformation and strengthen our life together, our service of others, our mission, our work for God’s Kingdom?

The sharing of bread and wine as the central act of Christian worship goes right back to the earliest days of the New Testament church. It is a sign of the good news that God’s Kingdom has arrived and is making all things new. We do it to obey Jesus’s command to remember his dying for us, and in doing so we ‘feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving’.

Christians everywhere still share the bread and wine. It has many names – Eucharist (which means thanksgiving), Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, Mass. The more that Christians have thought about it, the deeper and more many-sided our understanding of the Eucharist has become, and in this sermon series we want to tap into that rich tradition, especially the Anglican branch to which we belong, to get a fuller grasp of how the Eucharist is the root and food of our life together – our prayer, our action for justice and peace, our service and mission.