Two hundred years ago, a Presbyterian preacher named Thomas Campbell wrote the founding document of what is now known as the Restoration Movement. He encouraged people to get away from denominational creeds to form a unified body of Christians. Instead of unity, however, the movement eventually led to three major streams: the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Churches of Christ, and the Independent Christian Churches.Two years ago, groups from the Christian Church (Disciples) and the Churches of Christ worked together on an Oklahoma City Habitat for Humanity house. Although this was supposedly a scheduling error, the participants felt that working with their Christian “cousins” was a good experience. This year, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of their common beginning, the three faith groups built a Habitat house together. They called
On Saturday, September 27th, members of the three groups came together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Representatives of each branch led the service.
Notice that each representative has a cup of juice that he pours into a common cup before the participants share in communion.