Petition 81547

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Communion (81547-DI-NonDis)

The 2008 General Conference shall assess how the General Conference currently encourages and directs its clergy in offering Communion and move them toward the stated resolution of the 2004 Book of Resolutions, which is to increase the frequency of Communion to a minimum of once per week because of our belief in the active presence of Christ working and offering grace in the Eucharist.  The oversight and implementation of this would come through the General Board of Discipleship.

Rationale

    “The church... is the redeemed and redeeming fellowship in which the Word of God is preached by persons divinely called, and the sacraments are duly administered according to Christ’s own appointment” (Preamble to the Constitution). “Through the regular celebration of Holy Communion, we participate in the risen presence of Jesus...