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Beautiful instinct and beautiful story.

Amen, sister.

This is SO why I go to HFASS!!!!

what an awesome, awesome spirit of community you have!

Beautiful, Nadia. Wish our stories of beauty weren't so often tinged with brokenness, but that's life on earth these days, I guess. :-\

amen. amen. amen.

beautiful. every which way.

much love to all there.

c.
xo

Amen, amen and amen.

As an outsider that stumbled upon the blog, I have to say that HFASS is doing its part here in the Kingdom. God bless.

I'm looking for the "like" button on the blog (a la facebook). I'd click on it if there was one!

Amen!

Wow. You all are AMAZING. Praise God for how He is using you all to minister in awful situations like this.

11 years ago, I was ex-communicated from the church I grew up in when I converted to the R.C. Church. I know what it's like to be in your home church and not be able to partake.

Yes! And I wish you had been there at my Gramma's funeral when communion was served "only for Catholics" b/c it broke me and laid new stuff to be forgiven on my heart. Your story brought tears. Blessings.

This is a beautiful story.

I echo the sentiments and tears of everyone else...I've been in too many churches where I've heard those exclusionary statements and they have angered and broken me each time. Being who I am, I often ignored the statements and took communion anyway - which led to a whole new set of problems...but I digress. Thank you, Nadia and HFASS for being an authentic and "arms-open-wide" kind of minister and church. Wish I lived closer...I'd be there in a heartbeat.

What a beautiful story.
Amen doesn't even cover it

Wonderful story though I can't help but wonder what might have happened if you had just set up a table in the middle of the terminal.

what a beautiful story..
and echo the Amens above
clicked this way via Cary's post.

Amazing story. Thank you for sharing this.

Reading your response to Rachel's shunning causes me pause and I ponder the possibility that there might be a God and there might actually be people who follow God's Spirit.

Amen!

I can't imagine how devastating it would be to be denied communion in such an intimate place.

Your story reminded me of a friend who for most of last semester cried during communion, because she had never been allowed to take it when we was growing up and now it was being freely offered to her. Why? Because she chose not to participate in the "insider/outsider" around baptism. So thanks, from Lutheran Campus Ministy folks at GMU, for sharing the gifts of God with all people.

The gifts of God,
for the children of God.
Thanks be to God!

Jesus would love your actions and your love for your sister Rachel. Praise be to God for pastors like you Nadia.

I'm glad you were able to minister to your sister in Christ.

Interesting flip side situation: My mother is a member of an "open minded" Lutheran group, but at the nursing facility where she resides, the only services are by a Lutheran group with "close communion." However, the pastors who come there to do a service once/month offer communion to all who attend. We took communion together there three times.

What I find ironic in this is that the three pastors I encountered at these services in NO way were pastoral or personal in their interactions with the patients and other present in the room. They never once talked personally to anyone, nor did they know any person's name or story. I probably would have had a hissy fit right there if I had been denied communion, since the pastors had no basis to know who was even a believer, or a member of "their" group.

Hi - I read this from a share w/in Google Reader from Tony Jones. It made both my night and my morning. You are a good friend.

Would like to be in contact with others who support people like this. I serve a small ELCA congregation in Upstate NY.

great post. thanks!

Oh my goodness ... I don't know where to begin to express how moved I am by this post. As Aaron said, "Amen" doesn't BEGIN to cover it. This is EXACTLY what Christians are to be about. (And yet, it was actions by another group of christians who created this hurt.)

I too have had communion denied to me. Reason: apparently my church was the wrong synod .... sigh.

I'm in the midst of building my webpage and have been struggling with how to begin on the "Spiritual" section of that site ... thanks to this wonderful post, the page that I've been writing and re-writing for several weeks fell perfectly into place!

Nadia .. you and HFASS are a breath of fresh air, truly reflecting our Lord and Savior!

As a Presbyterian who attended an LCMS university for three years and who was never allowed to take communion with her fellow students... this made me weep. THIS. THIS. This is getting it right.

Thanks for ministering to my precious niece, Rachel. Love from her Aunt Margaret in California.

Amen. Thank you.

living in a PROFLIGATELY open-communion community, I was deeply moved by the pain of being denied. We forget that too easily. We have so much work to do! Thank you for a icon of the Kingdom...

I so wish I'd found this before June 24th, when the "Bridging the Gap Synchro Blog" event occurred.

There are so many of who have been denied, just as Rachel was. I believe that those who will bridge that gap bring tears of joy in heaven. I know you brought tears to my eyes.

Some related thoughts, about Eucharist... from one who has been denied, and has finally found a home...

https://ragarambler.blogspot.com/2005/05/eucharist-four-unorthodox-views.html

Thanks for a great story and for your inclusive actions. I just quoted from it and linked to it in my own blogpost: https://theliberalspirit.com

Beautiful story! Isn't it interesting that the name "Pater" means "Father"?

This is so wonderful! Thank you for posting this story.

Amen, and amen. This is exactly what the church is supposed to be, and what I am working mightily to help my congregation become. We have much to learn from you; thanks for letting me listen in on the conversation.

wow - just saw this yesterday and had to share the story with a small group team last night - my pastor was in tears. amazing conspiracy of grace! amen.

Amen, indeed.

I realize this was one year ago, but if anyone's still reading this, please READ I Corinthians 11, starting at Verse 23. I say "READ" because all too often we "READ INTO" Scripture what we want it to say. What does it mean to have a healthy confession of The Lord's Supper?

In my teaching, I equate Communion with a 3-million dollar tool for woodworking; in relation to faith, it's a wonderful tool that we MUST use carefully and with knowledge about the consequences if we don't use it carefully. That is the reason for instruction at the local church before receiving Communion.

No LCMS church should have, in any way, suggested that Communion is NECESSARY for salvation. However, it IS necessary that one should know how to use this tool of faith. And I am paraphrasing the Large Catechism of Martin Luther when I say that. This is not just a peripheral part of the way Lutherans see things. This is central to our fellowship together as God's people.

My own grandmother always "felt denied" when we asked her to refrain from Eucharist, since she didn't perceive the Body and Blood of our Lord as being really and truly present there in the pastor's hand. She never could focus on the positive things regarding this practice: the salutary and good use of the Sacrament increasing faith, the unity of the saints as a true unity, the blessing of a clear conscience toward God, etc.

The point is NOT exclusion, but a proper use of God's gifts. Though I also care for the girl in the story, she ought to be instructed correctly and not led down a path of generic Protestantism. That is, if you really want to call yourselves Lutheran.

If this came from the interfaith chapel, then that is fine and all in keeping with pluralistic, non-specific beliefs. But if we're talking Lutheran, let's be educated and get the facts straight.

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