"These signs we call sacraments say to us that the power of the Holy is available to us not by way of magical rites but through the natural channels along which our energy flows for daily living; profound truths mediated through everyday deeds - taking, breaking, eating, drinking, washing and spilling." (Colin M. Morris)
These sacraments of bread and wine...we sometimes loose the profound reality, and the awesome vision of redemptive imagination they point to. It's almost as if we've turned them into a rote ritual, like the secret handshake of a club membership. Bread, wine...Body, blood...broken and poured out. This body, this christ...His church.
Jesus led outside the walls of the city, outside the walls of the temple...the walls of religion. Its is here the sacrifice is made, the body broken and blood poured out. The body is poured out into messiness of humanity.
The sacraments are not the ritual to signify your " IN "...it should ignite the redemptive imagination that it is all about being " OUT ". The sacraments point to the reality that missional living is poured out. Paul exhorts the Galatians, " Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Missional is just extra ordinary living...knowing Christ is in us...to break ourselves open...and to pour Jesus out on every moment of our everyday living. Missional is sacramental living...being bread and wine...body broken and poured out.