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Sacramental Musings…

September 24, 2014

Communion - Beckwith

The Lord’s Supper has been a significantly holy moment for as long as I can remember. The first time I took Communion was Holy (Maundy) Thursday in 1974. I had just been confirmed the previous Palm Sunday and back then you had to be confirmed in order to receive Communion in the United Presbyterian Church in the USA. I had watched Mom and Dad take Communion for years and the day I was able to participate was indeed a special day. Little did I know back then how much the Lord’s Supper would impact me personally and professionally.

From celebrating the sacrament with the parish in the Church of England’s “All Saints Church” in Croughton Village to a dusty room in the middle of the Nevada desert with a bunch of exhausted students who were trying to meet the qualification to go on and attempt the Army’s Ranger Course, or bringing the Lord’s Supper to people dying in the hospital or at home; these were all special and sacred moments. Of course, when I was being served Communion by Denise at Cursillo in September, 2009, I had no idea that we would celebrate the Lord’s Supper and serve the guests at our wedding in August, 2013.

The Lord gave us a very precious gift when he took the bread and the cup and shared them with his disciples. And when Paul shared what we now call the words of institution: “…the Lord Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23b-26)

Each  time I am honored to serve Communion or to receive, it is a deeply reflective moment. In that moment, I realize the depth of the love which God has for us and the depth of the sacrifice which Jesus made on our behalf. A truly sacred moment! The Lord loves us, invites us, and welcomes us to the table which he has prepared. “Taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy are those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

For that gift, among many which the Lord has given, I am truly thankful.

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