I’ve been attending the national convention of our church denomination all this week. One of the hallmarks of our time together is worship, morning and evening. Tonight we shared a service of Holy Communion. Probably not all that different from services you attend. There is music, the reading of Scripture, and the consecration of the Sacrament. The Celebrant declares in the words of Scripture, “Jesus took bread, broke it, and gave it to the disciples saying ‘this is my body given for you.’ Then He took the cup instructing all to drink of it, saying ‘this is the new covenant in my blood shed for you.'” The bread and wine are then distributed to the congregation. I was sitting near the front, within ten feet of the Celebrant who was distributing the bread as people filed by. I heard him repeat, probably a hundred time, “This is the true Body of Christ given unto death for your sins”. The words couldn’t have been more clear. In this bread, in this cup, I received the forgiveness of all my sins. Whatever had gone before in my life; whatever thoughts or actions I had done or failed to do, were gone. They were cleansed in the broken body and shed blood of my Savior. I was free. And not only me, that broken body and shed blood redeemed you, and all mankind. In Christ you are free. Those are the most serious and most freeing words spoken on earth – given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins. Hear them and live in the Joy of your Lord.
[category Good Morning]
I am not much of a cook, but I can make a good omelet, some pancakes, and follow a recipe when I need to. I see herbs and spices on the rack at the grocery store. I know nothing about these. I understand that a pinch of this or a dash of that can make a big difference in a well prepared meal, but that is way beyond me. When it comes to the Bible, however, I do know and greatly appreciate that a pinch of this or a dash of that can make a huge difference. What I mean is that we don’t ignore those little things. The way a phrase is stated, a word or two in the midst of a sentence. This is God’s Holy Word, our food for life. God is the Master Chef and His Word has a rich flavor. It can’t be gobbled down as too many of us are accustomed to do. It is to be savored, studied, meditated upon. The nourishment that comes in its pages are like no other.
Good Morning dear friends. There are some days when I am running late, and some days when I’m dry without any thoughts or direction. Today is one of them. So I ask your pardon and indulgence. It is certainly not that our Lord is without thought or direction. Nor is He ever late. That is the Lord in whom we trust to see us through not only our dry days, but all days. He is able. So we will begin this day taking one step at a time, and doing the best we can with the task that comes next. God’s blessings, strength, and guidance for your day.