One of the services of worship offered by First United Methodist Church of Cedar Falls is the Wednesday night service called “Ignition.” Tonight was my first Ignition service. Pastor Steve Braudt, Associate Pastor for Youth and a design team created the Ignition concept. The service consists of cutting edge contemporary Christian music, a time of sharing, a time of prayer, a testimony, and weekly communion.
Pastor Steve asked me to share my testimony of my call to ministry. He and I also served the Communion together. I thought the service was a blast! The young people and adults seemed engaged in the service, were having a good time, and enjoyed the upbeat spirit of the service.
As always the sacrament of Holy Communion is a special and holy time. One of the things I love about the United Methodist understanding of communion is that as a means of God’s grace the table is open to all. So adults, youth, and children alike can come to the Lord’s table. No one is left out who wants to eat of the bread of life and experience Christ’s loving embrace.
I also much prefer communion by intinction to the small cups and small pieces of bread. (Though Methodists do have communion that way at times) For me it more closely fits the Apostle Paul’s metaphor of the body as one using one loaf and one cup as an example. It also requires you to receive communion from another rather than “take” communion.
I’ll look forward to attending Ignition in the coming weeks, hearing the testimonies, and sharing at the Lord’s table with sisters and brother in Christ!
If you are in Cedar Falls on Wednesday nights at 7:00 a.m. come join the fun and the worship at the Ignition Center!