"The Church is the Eucharist, and the Eucharist is the Church" Fr. Steven Freeman of Glory to God for All Things.
Fr. Freeman is writing a wonderful series on Christianity and Post-modernism. The following quote relates to how we can only understand the Scriptures within the life and particularly in the worship of the Church. Much to think about here.
The Church should not be seen as an institution, a business or a
club, or an organization existing through the centuries, managing
history. Some “Churches” in the West may very well fit this description,
but they are not “Church” in the proper sense of the word. The Church
is the Eucharist and the Eucharist is the Church. The people, members of
the Body of Christ, are those assembled in the liturgy (and in its
continual life beyond the immediate assembly itself). That the Church
reads is patently part of its liturgical life. What is considered canon,
authoritative, is that which is read in the liturgy. The Church not
only reads the Scriptures, it prays and enacts the Scriptures. It sings
the Scriptures and interprets them in the embodied life of praise and
thanksgiving to God. “Bible study,” and such notions, outside of the
worshipping Church are akin to nonsense. There can be no study of the
Scripture for the sake of the Scripture (or simply for the sake of
learning). This would be similar to discussing (ad nauseum) the lyrics of a song whose music you never hear and whose tune you never sing.
The Scripture is the song of God, both sung to the Church by God and
sung to God by the Church. In the life that is that song, the Church is
continually conformed to the image of Christ. This is the Church’s
liturgy (and God’s liturgy), the song of the image of God.
The life that is the continual liturgy is the Christ-conforming life
of the believer in union with others within the Body of Christ sharing
in the one Spirit. The Scriptures are not a source or reference-book for
that Christ-conforming life, they are part of that life itself. SEE HERE
LORD have mercy, Brian+