13 September 2009

The First Communion is Always Interesting

So in church this morning (of which I understood NOTHING) we had communion.  It's always interesting to me how differently churches in other cultures observe communion.  We were told that most places use wine, regardless of denomonation, so I was a bit suprised this morning when it turned out to be grape juice.  Also, at this church I attended this morning, they didn't wait for everyone else to be served before partaking . . . which made the Americans very easy to pick out as they were the only ones left holding the elements at the end.

Another difference . . . which actually made me quite nervous . . . was when they pass the little juice cups around in the metal holder, each person would drink their serving while still holding the metal thingy!!  So not only does one have to hold the metal thingy without dropping it as you pass it, now you've got to ballance it while drinking!  And then quietly and delicately place your little glass back in the holder.  Now, I learned a lesson in South Africa back in '05 . . . ALWAYS watch what everyone else is doing! (The holders in SA are open on the bottom, so if you place your hand underneith, you push all the cups up through the hole . . . yeah, that was a close one!!) 

But, I do have one complaint.  France is the land of bread.  Every day there are people wandering down the street with brand new baggettes and other artisan breads.  The US has Starbucks on every corner, France has a bakery.  With that in mind, I was expecting something happy in the plate when the bread was passed around.  Needless to say, when I got the plate I was majorly disappointed.  There, cut into little rectangles, was WONDER BREAD!!  You know, the stuff they make in a factory and it comes in a bag and its pre-sliced in identical sizes, and tastes like chemicals.  Unbelievable.  All this fabulous bread, and they use wonder bread to symbolize the body of Christ that was broken for us??   I mean, come on . . . it doesn't have to be a brioche, just a simple, happy, yummy, fresh baggette.  Am I asking too much??
Well, the rest of today was spent in a very quaint town called Anothy, just down the road.  They had a wine and cheese festival all weekend.  This event has captured the escence of France!  It was FABULOUS!!  And a great opportunity to practice a few key phrases.  Here are some pictures.  Enjoy and au revoir!

2 comments:

Bonnie said...

Love your postings on your blog, and hearing all about your adventures! We were glad to see your folks when they were here, but again they were headed for NY! Look forward to seeing them again soon and keeping up with you as your journey takes you through France!

Praying for you!
The Renchers ><>

Bonnie said...

Love your postings on your blog, and hearing all about your adventures! We were glad to see your folks when they were here, but again they were headed for NY! Look forward to seeing them again soon and keeping up with you as your journey takes you through France!

Praying for you!
The Renchers ><>