My plans to study at Birmingham Library have been frustrated by the discovery that the library only opens at 11am daily! Carluccios, however, provided a lovely space for reading and sketching, with Italian hot chocolate and a croissant.
As the doctrine of the Lord’s Supper grows and develops in my mind, I am aware of the need for pictures to help new believers from non-English speaking backgrounds, those with lower educational attainment and our children grasp what God is doing when we gather as a church for communion. Here’s the early development sketches with draft commentary. Comments are most welcome, especially from theologians with a developed Reformed theology of communion. My ideas for the study guide are to create simple sketches and captions which will will create an appetite to study the liturgy and associated catechism.
I’ve finished “Given for You” by Keith A. Mathison. Chapter 8 provides lots of useful, simply put, descriptions which explain the diagrams above. He also has many proof texts and references which will be useful when I begin to compile the study guide and catechism.
Archbishop Cranmer’s Immortal Bequest by Samuel Leuenberger begins with a foreword by J.I. Packer who says “Looking at a familiar object from an unfamiliar angle can be an illuminating experience.” Leuenberger is a German scholar who stumbled on Anglican liturgy when in America. He became interested in the development of Reformed liturgy, not just doctrinally, but historically and biographically. He gives a fascinating summary of the interactions between Peter Martyr, Bucer and Hooper as well as the Archbishops Cranmner’s relationship with Henry VIII and Mary I and Grindal’s with Elizabeth I. I’m half way through the book and tomorrow will look at the liturgy in detail.
Ros Clarke reminded me to read her paper The Function of the Words of Institution in the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper and to make a little change to box 5. Thank you, Ros.