Miami is dominated by Catholic Culture. It seems as if everyone is Catholic but only a small portion of the everyone goes to mass. It shows up in language, rites of passage, apparel, everything. Miami is culturally Catholic. In my opinion, the appropriate posture for reaching into this culture with the Gospel is to take on a posture of leverage as opposed to an adversarial posture.
So, where possible/profitable, we leverage some traditionally Catholic forms within our context where possible. One such area is Communion.
I’m not the biggest fan of a pre-packaged juice in a plastic cup with a aluminum partition for a wafer though I certainly don’t think there is anything wrong with it. But, the symbolism of a common cup is beautiful. The meaning is deep. And, it fits wholly within Pentecostal Theology.
Beyond the symbolism, we are able to bring a familiar piece of religious culture into a venue that is almost devoid of religious pictures. It is a bridge into a new church culture that speaks deeply and provides a common reference point.
Our Pentecostal theology shows up each week during Communion as the communion tables become a place of prayer where our leaders are able to lay hands on the sick, pray for the hurting, and lead people to repentance. The Communion table and the common cup becomes a point where Jesus is lifted up, grace is revealed, and repentance is called for.
In our culture, the practice we engage is beautiful, understandable, significant, and it creates a bridge from the dominant culture into a minority counter-culture.
- What elements of church have you contextualized?
- What are you doing presently that may need to be reimagined and reinvented as a Scripturally faithful culturally comprehensible practice?
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