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Living into the Mystery

Living into the Mystery

A United Methodist Guide for Celebrating Holy Communion  

by Taylor Burton-Edwards
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Clergy & Laity Discipleship

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Rituals help us identify with a group of people and pledge what we share. Such communal events help us express the often inexpressible. "United Methodists strongly affirm that the Lord's Table is the Lord's," the writers of this timely resource say. "We also affirm with the whole church that in the Great Thanksgiving 'we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us.'"

The sacrament of the Eucharist is perhaps one of the most treasured liturgies of the Christian church. Much has been written about the theology behind the United Methodist interpretation of Communion, but little is written about the practicalities of presiding.

Living into the Mystery fills that void by detailing practices (and the principles behind them) that can help worshipers and worship leaders live a richer experience. The authors dissect the ritual and analyze the ancient worship structure: Gathering, Word and Response, Thanksgiving and Communion, and Sending Forth.

A group study guide is also included.

Learn to preside and participate in this ritual with authenticity, vitality, and grace through Living into the Mystery.

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83 pages

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  • Taylor Burton-Edwards is director of Worship Resources at the General Board of Discipleship.

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