There are a variety of ways that churches do communion. I have spent my entire life in the United Methodist church and we typically do communion once a month. In all of the communion services I have participated in, we have always gone to the front of the church to be served. Beyond that, there are many ways that churches serve the bread and wine. The United Methodist churches that I have gone to always use grape juice, many times served in the miniature shot glasses (I’m sure there is an official term for these but this is what I have always called them). These glasses were actual glass in the church I grew up in and had to be cleaned between uses. They also used broken up saltine crackers for the bread. I remember our church upgrading to the communion crackers (comedian Dane Cook refers to them as Jeez its) and eventually using disposable shot glasses.
The first train trip I ever took was in Denmark. I flew into Copenhagen and took the train to Odense which is about 2 hours away. I had never been to Denmark before and was on a business trip with a friend. She was travelling there from business in Germany and I was coming directly from the United States. She had visited this business in Denmark before. At the train station, we purchased our tickets and went to wait for the train. I looked at the ticket and we had an assigned seat and car. My friend told me not to worry about that because these trains were never full and it didn’t matter where we sat. When the train arrived, we go on the car closest to us, found seats across from each other and started catching up with each other. We didn’t work in the same facility and hadn’t seen each other in a while so we had a lot to talk about. Someone came by and checked our tickets and nothing was said about where we were sitting so everything was ok.
I have written about my trip to China before. I have talked about Chinese tea and being chased by monkeys. I haven’t mentioned that this two week trip also included a visit to Singapore. When they told me about a visit to Singapore, I didn’t have a good feel for where that was in relationship to Hong Kong or any of the places we were visiting in China. In my mind I had it lumped in with China. As the trip grew closer, began to study the geography of Southeast Asia more closely.
When you find Singapore on the map, looks like it should be a part of Malaysia. Singapore is both a city and a state on the tip of a peninsula that includes part of Malaysia and Thailand. Cambodia and Vietnam are also very close. It is about a 4 hour flight from Hong Kong.
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