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CLAY 2018: Thunder Bay

Crucifying the Church

This is a recap of Scott Evans’ talk on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at CLAY 2014.

“Crucifying the Church: Death Into Life”

Before the CLAY Gathering participants and volunteers took Communion together on Sunday, Scott discussed the meaning of the meal. When pastors and priests recite the ancient offerings of Jesus’ flesh and blood to us in the form of wine and bread, this is not just an invitation to participate in the Communion ritual. It is an invitation to become the Body of Christ.

Scott used the example of Jesus’ first miracle at Cana (John 2: 1-11) to illustrate this point. At this time, Jesus has six disciples with him:¬†John, James, Andrew, Peter and Philip. When Jesus’ mother asks Him for more wine for the wedding guests, Jesus orders the servants to fill six jugs meant for purification rituals with water. When the water is poured out for the head waiter to taste, it became¬†good wine. The six jugs of ordinary water represent the six original disciples, who will become empowered by the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts and go on to lead the Church.

When we take the broken body of Jesus during Communion, Christ is taking us, breaking us, and giving us away to the world. The miracle lies in the fact that after all of this, there will be more left over than we even started with. Continuing on Saturday’s theme, Scott said that we were made to be poured out, “as wine to a thirsty world.”

– Hannah Shirtliff, CLAY 2014 Communications Coordinator