Sally says at RevGals: This Friday Five stems from some questions that have been running around my head and heart recently and are squeezing their way out through my blog here and again here
So I'd like to ask you some simple questions about the sacraments:
1. What does the Lord's supper/ Eucharist mean to you? Hmm. It's an interesting question. I grew up believing it was a representation. The church I attend now teaches that it becomes the Body and Blood at the Consecration. And I believe that it's a sanctified representation.
2. How important is preparation for this, and what form does it take? I pray to be worthy to accept the gift and sensible of its true meaning. We pray at the altar, “Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal." I'm still working out what that really means.
3. What does baptism mean to you? It's a dedication of a life to God. In my church we practice infant baptism, and Confirmation is when an adult profession of faith is made. Usually, that's at around 13...not a great time for it, IMHO, but that's another story!)
4. How important is preparation for baptism and what form does it take? I was 2 months old at my baptism so can't comment on that.
5. A quote/ poem/ song that brings you before God in a sacramental way, and helps you to engage at a deeper level...This has nothing to do with the question, but I was looking at Youtube for a musical setting of the Apostles' Creed that I learned as a child, didn't find it, found this. Love it!