We do communion each Sunday at Unity Minneapolis. Communion is sharing the deep aspiration of our heart with the indwelling One and hearing “the still small voice,” (I Kings 19:12). Communion is simply communing with the Divine and remembering our Oneness, and common union with the Divine and all of creation. We do this as a congregation each and every Sunday morning with our meditation and “going into the Silence.” It is a personal time and not necessarily observed in a formal religious service. It can be done in the sanctity of our personal prayer. Communion is becoming very still and beginning to think of the life and substance of God becoming more evident in all aspect of your life. God life is powerful and we affirm for ourselves that God’s life within you gives you greater strength. This God life within you gives you the strength to be in greater service others.
This is why I believe we offer communion each and every Sunday morning at Unity Minneapolis.
And on Thanksgiving Eve and Maundy Thursday, Unity Minneapolis offers Communion using what Unity refers to as “the elements,” the bread and wine. Of course we use grape juice and gluten-free bread. Most people that come to Unity come from different religions and different traditions. For many, the offering of Holy Communion with the elements acts as a bridge to their former religion. Since we are a metaphysical teaching we offer not only the historical background but also a metaphysical interpretation of the bread and wine. Wine represents blood, and blood represents life. Therefore, wine symbolic of the Life of God coursing through our bodies. Bread represents the body of Christ, and this in turn is representative of divine substance. Since communion is concerned with the life and the substance of God, then a real communion service is a prayer time when we appropriate more of divine life and substance in our lives.
So you see the elements are not necessary when you are capable of touching the presence of God within you without the use of them. And yet there is something powerful for me as I receive the elements and remind myself of my Oneness with God and with all creation. In fact, it can be a life-changing experience. We follow our Thanksgiving Eve and Maundy Thursday services with a simple supper of soup and bread. We invite you to bring your favorite soup and bread as we enjoy this simple meal remembering the many things we are grateful for.
Love and Blessings,