We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Episcopal Church, as a spin-off of the Catholic Church, shares MANY of the Roman Catholic Traditions. In fact, with a few minor tweaks, the two could probably merge again quite nicely.
The Catholic Church, in recent years, has taken to reverting to many of the Jewish Traditions that represent its founding, even as it maintains many of the other traditions it adopted over the years to both separate itself from Judaism AND integrate other pagan religions (Easter and Christmas both have massive pagan intrusions that are related to nothing but basic harvest rituals and astrological worship).
Regardless of HOW we worship, the key is remembering what we worship. And that is the sacrifice of one man's life for all of us. One man who showed us all that a higher moral plane can be reached with much struggle and sacrifice.
Clearly, achieving the near perfection he exhibited (hey, he did cause a ruckus in the Temple...even if it was somewhat justified) is something many of us are incapable of doing. But it's in the attempt that we define ourselves.
Seriously, sitting in silence eating a simple seder supper while our deacons take turns reading the words of Jesus at the last supper - as reported by John, "the disciple whom Jesus loved", and then after communion & a hymn, leaving in silence, is a high point of our Easter.
We had a Seder last night at our church, led by members of Jews for Jesus. We're Presbyterian.
What we today see as the body and blood of Christ in communion comes directly from the seder. The bread that Jesus shared with the disciples was the afikoman, which is the last piece of matzoh broken and distributed by the leader of the seder to all after the meal and which symbolizes the pesach lamb. The particular cup of wine poured by Jesus for the disciples is the third cup of wine in the seder, known as the Cup of Redemption.
Once you've gone through a seder and see the meaning of what goes on from a Jewish standpoint and how what Jesus did ties directly into the Jewish understanding of Passover, communion takes on a much deeper meaning. You understand why Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "Christ, our passover [lamb], was sacrificed for us." A number of people were crying by the end of the service.