In connection to some other related projects, I’m working on an exploration of the Agape feast as a pre-Christendom practice that may well serve certain needs of our post-Christendom context. (More on this later.)
I’ve tracked down Agape liturgies in the following worship books:
- The 1972 Presbyterian Worshipbook
- The United Methodist Book of Worship
- The Iona Abbey Worship Book
- The 2003 Episcopal Book of Occasional Services
I’ve also found two recent books on the Agape:
- Recovering the Love Feast: Broadening our Eucharistic Celebrations by Paul Fike Stutzman
- Take, Bless, Break, Share: Agapes, Table Blessings and Other Small Group Liturgies by Simon Bryden-Brook
This will all be helpful for me. But to the best of my memory I’ve never actually participated in an Agape feast. I’ve heard of them used in contexts in which it was impractical or impossible for a pastor to lead a communion service, but I have no firsthand knowledge.
Do you? Have you ever participated in such a service? Have you ever led such a service? What were your experiences and impressions?