Beyond Lip Service

By August 26, 2015Sanctuary

Mike Marshall

It makes me feel proud to know that the sacrament of communion is offered to people at least four times every Sunday:

• During the 7:30 am Community Breakfast in Wesley Hall.
• During Disciple Church at 8:30 am in the Chapel.
• In the Chapel at 10:30 am.
• And during First 7th at 5:30 pm in Wesley Hall.

In addition to these weekly opportunities, communion is often served in the Sanctuary worship services and during the eleven:eleven celebration. In fact, we will enjoy the sacrament together at both 9:30 and 11:00 am this coming Sunday in the Sanctuary.

There is a timeless truth that is part of our human condition: We easily forget who we are. We easily forget what God has done, is doing, and will do. Too often we try to go through life alone. We neglect the Word of God, the Food of God, and the People of God.

Given all that, we need what Christ offers! We need the new covenant and the common meal of thanksgiving. “Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed, took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘this is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” (I Corinthians 11:23-25)

We eat a meal of grace. We come as we are, and God provides the food and all that it means. All we do is eat in faith . . . sorry for our sins, eager to be changed, and hopeful of God’s future.

Let’s fill our plates together!






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