Sunday, April 27, 2014
Presiding the Lord’s Table
A small piece of bread and a thimble full of grape juice doesn’t sound like a great big meal but for those who are Christians has much more meaning than a satisfying meal. This has been of great significance for Christians though out the centuries until today, especially when we come together in fellowship. In the Old Testament celebrate the Passover as a commemoration of how God saved his people from the slavery of Egypt. In a typical Jewish home as they celebrate the Passover, the
child asks why we do this. And the father responds because God has freed us from the hand of Pharaoh and brought us to the Land of Milk and Honey and we must remember this. Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper? Because God has freed us from the slavery of sin and He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. (Colossians 1:13) Let’s break the bread and fellowship together.
Prayer: Lord, ABBA Father, we come to you with humble hearts, grateful for your Loving Grace. We thank you for giving us your only and begotten Son, Jesus, who made this happen. And we thank you for the bread and as we partake of it, we will do it in a manner pleasing in your sight. In Christ Jesus we pray, AMEN.
According to Hebrews 9:22 - without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. The Blood of Christ represented in this little cup is more precious than gold and silver. It has done more than to just make us wealthy. It has rescued us from our futile ways and gave us hope. It reads in 1 Peter 1:18-19, You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
Prayer: As we drink together, our Lord God and King of the universe, help us be mindful of the things that really matters in regard to our salvation. We thank you for the fruit of the vine, thank you for the Love and we thank you for the great Salvation that was foreordained for us before the foundation of the world. In Jesus name we pray, AMEN.
We usually say that the collection is separate and apart from the Lord’s Supper. I will be bold and say that GIVING is part of fellowship that demonstrates that we care for one another. As an outward sign of Salvation, the New Testament Church made sure that no one lacked of the necessary daily needs. (Acts 4:34) “No one needy among them” Lets Pray