Bible Study on Worship and the Eucharist

1. The Gathering / Preparation, and the Peace.

The 2004 Eucharist of the Church in Wales has sections, and we will match each with passages from the New Testament to study them. For comparison, the section titles from the old 1984/1966 service will also be noted. The full text of the 2004 service can be found online: ” https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/structure/representative-body/publications/liturgy/holy-eucharist-2004″

a] Why do you think “The Gathering” is important enough to be a section of the new service?

b] What difference do you notice between “The Gathering” and “The Preparation”? Do each have a point?

c] READ 1 Corinthians 10:1-14

  • What did the Israelites following Moses share in? And what did it not guarantee them?
  • What warning is Paul passing on from this? What sort of behaviour is incompatible with enjoying the benefits of Christian fellowship?

d] READ 1 Corinthians 10:14-22.

  • verses 14-17 say what about joining in the Lord’s Supper?
  • Verses 18-22 suggest that you cannot do what 2 things?

e] READ 1 Corinthians 10:23-33 and 11:1

  • Believers have rights – but how are those rights to be used? What is the particular case Paul refers to – and how might we explain that more generally? (vv31-33)

f] What does this chapter tell you about preparing for and joining in the Eucharist?

g] Read Hebrews 10:19-27

  • what does Christ’s sacrifice (described in the earlier verses of the chapter) now make possible?
  • What does v25 warn against? Why do you think this matters?

h] What word appears in Acts 2:42, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 John 1:3 (twice). Why was it so important to the early Christians, and to us?

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