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Hand WashingAn "Agape Meal Worship" otherwise called a "Love Feast" was described as a religious meal originally held by early Christians which eventually was to became the service of Holy Communion. In the early development of the church, Saint Paul hinted at a meal before the Communion in 1 Corinthians 11.20-22. "When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord's Supper. For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. What? Don't you have your own homes for eating and drinking?" It is obvious from this letter that there were abuses present when some ate heartily and others went hungry. The Early Church's answer to this problem seemed to have been to separate off the Agape meal worship from the sacramental part of the worship time. A modern version of the Agape which may be used at a conference or in the church hall may look like this. The room should be comfortable and may be lit with candles for ambience. The table and chairs are set out in a "U" or "horseshoe" shape, for dinner, so that all are facing each other.✞

Worship Call

Bible radiating LightThe leader should distribute the Gospel and Epistle readings in written form for everybody in advance. The service begins with a call to worship such as "The Lord be with you" (assuming people have arrived and are engaged in casual conversation.)✞

Hand Washing

Fish SymbolOne person with a jug of warm water and bowl, another with a towel pass around the group and pour water over each person's hands saying, "This is a reminder of Jesus' love and servant hood" and then to each person says, "In Jesus' name, we welcome you to this Agape Meal." The persons with the jug and the towel have their hands washed last of all.✞

Agape Love

For details of some possible prayers over the wine, over the bread and over the other food, see Worship Meal of Trinity Episcopal Church in Cranford, New Jersey.✞

"Agape Meal Worship"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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