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Friday, December 14, 2012


Today I'm reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

23-26 Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said,
This is my body, broken for you.
Do this to remember me.
After supper, he did the same thing with the cup:
This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you.
Each time you drink this cup, remember me.
What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.
27-28 Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of? Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.
29-32 If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences. That’s why so many of you even now are listless and sick, and others have gone to an early grave. If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on. Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later.

Great words on the meaning of the Lord's Supper. And good timing, too. We just had a luncheon for all our elders and deacons who are involved in serving Communion to reinforce the meaning of the sacrament and the process by which we actually serve the elements. Things had been getting a little loose. People not showing up to do their job. Not getting substitutes. Cracks in the foundation of our serving.

We all need reminders so that sacred things don't get taken for granted. Every time we take Communion we are remembering the most sacred act - Christ's death on the cross. So we shouldn't do that in a sloppy way. I know I'm guilty of being distracted during Communion. Trying to run the service. Trying to end 'on time.' Sometimes it feels like we just throw Communion in at the end of the service. We've debated whether or not we do Communion too often (twice a month) because that's a lot more than most Protestant Churches (except the Lutherans). It works at PCNP because of the church's history  and how that tradition got started as a way to bring unity to the congregation. But sometimes I do feel Communion gets short changed. 

The important thing is to keep it personal. Remember what he did for you.


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