“In the night in which He was betrayed, Jesus took bread, and when He had blessed it, He broke it and gave it to his disciples saying, ‘Take and eat. This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also, He took the cup, and when He had supped and given thanks He gave it to them saying, ‘All of your drink of it. This cup is the New Covenant in my blood which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of your sins. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.'” These words that you hear at every communion service are not a mere remembrance of something Jesus did at a Passover service two thousand years ago. They are a present reality of God’s grace. When you come to the altar hearing the words “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins” Jesus is present with his forgiving grace. In this present act of God’s grace you have the assurance of your cleansing and new life. That is the marvelous gift given to you on this Holy Thursday.