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Gifted for Gratitude: Gathered at the Lord’s Table

Gifted for Gratitude: Gathered at the Lord’s Table

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There is great mystery and miracle in the way Jesus comes to us spiritually, physically, and relationally through the bread and wine taken during His Holy Supper:
· Faith strengthened
· Sins forgiven
· Covenant of Jesus' blood sealed
· Body of Christ built up
· Relationships, bodies, emotions healed
· Unity of Spirit kept through the bond of peace
· Jesus confessed and proclaimed until He comes again

Do I stop to reflect about and respond to this holy act (sacrament) established by Jesus Himself… that He is enabling me to "COME to Him" (Matthew 11:25-30), as well as equipping me to "GO for Him" (Matthew 28:18-20), and empowering His church to "REMEMBER Him" (Luke 22:19)?

Lord… in all I think, say, and do… May I proclaim what You have done for all people, celebrate what You are doing in the lives of me and others, and steadfastly point with grace and truth to Your 2nd Coming! Amen.

Points to Ponder - How is baptism as a "Sacrament of Initiation" different than Holy Communion as a "Sacrament of Continuation"? What benefit of the Lord's Supper means the most to you? What steps can you take with others to help each one share in the full benefits and blessings of gathering at the Lord's Table?

READ 1 Corinthians 10:14-17 NIV

14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.

READ 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 NIV

17In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 32 Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.

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