We have been using Eucharistic prayer C during the season after the Epiphany this year at our 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. services. This Eucharistic prayer is different from the others in the Book of Common Prayer in a variety of ways, including the amount of praying out loud that the congregation does in the celebrating of the Eucharist.

For some, it seems very “age of Aquarius” or like it is more appropriate for an episode of Star Trek. Whatever your particular feelings about the use of Prayer C, I would guess that praying it on these Sundays has made you think more about what we are saying and praying during the Eucharist.

In the final paragraph of Eucharistic prayer C, some theological statements are made about what people might be seeking when coming to receive communion. “Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal.” For me, this line always seems a little one-sided. I think that solace and pardon are fine things to seek when coming to communion, as long as you remember that we are then sent out into the world as bearers and sharers of Christ.

So I wonder. What do you seek when you come to communion? Solace? Pardon? Strength? Renewal? Or something else? Ponder on that and share with us your thoughts.