Communion on the Sea of Galilee

by Mike and Sharon Conley

A very memorable celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion for us took place on the Sea of Galilee during the St. Philip trip to Israel in February/March of 2009.

Our group was on a wooden boat that was built to be similar to the boat that Jesus, along with Peter and the disciples were on almost 2,000 years ago. Pastor Cheryl set up a communion table with wine and (bread) near the front of the boat.  We were singing hymns and walking up for communion while the boat slowly circled the Sea of Galilee. Many scripture passages about the Sea of Galilee came to mind, particularly the story of Jesus walking on the water to meet the disciples. The lesson of keeping our eyes focused on Jesus was very powerful, and something that we will remember forever!

During Lent 2011, we are encouraging the St. Philip the Deacon community to reflect on the Sacrament of Holy Communion — recalling early memories, describing memorable celebrations of Communion, or reflecting on how Communion informs daily life. This post is part of that series. We invite your reflections about Communion, as well. If you would like to submit something for this series, please send it to Pastor Cheryl Mathison at

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