Sunday I had the unique experience of administering and observing the Lord’s Supper twice in one morning. The Deacon’s observed the Lord’s Supper with one another early Sunday morning, and then we as the family of Fellowship observed the Lord’s Supper together in worship.
In preparing for these services I came across these words in a sermon I wrote a few months ago when we celebrated the Lord’s Supper. I thought I would share them with you this morning then expound upon them a bit.
The experience of the supper pans the breadth of God’s love; the depth of Jesus sufferings; and the past, present, and future of God’s almighty acts.
The challenge for the believer is not that we grasp the full potential of its meaning but that we open ourselves to the full extent of its power to change us and create intimacy among the worshiper and those in needs, between the worshiper and other believers, and between the worshipper and our Lord whom we worship.
In the Lord’s Supper we acknowledge the presence of our Lord, his death, resurrection, and his coming again. Sharing in the elements together, we affirm our oneness before him and our submission to him, and we recall how we came to receive such grace. The benefit of such reflection, done carefully, is that we are refocused on that which unites us in faith and on the central truths that make the church different from any other organization. By taking part in this meal, we make a public statement more powerful than uttering a creed. For in the partaking is the recognition that our very sustenance and life comes from Christ.
The table is an act that sustains our unity with our world, with each other, and with our Lord. Let us partake, let us enter into this ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.
This past Sunday we entered into this mysterious table fellowship. We experienced this transforming moment of worship as we ate the body of Christ, which was broken for us, and drank the blood of Christ, which was poured out for us; and, we were drawn together as a family, with the needs of our world, and with our Savior.
I gave this challenge as we left Sunday morning and I extend it to you this week as well: Extend this table fellowship we experienced into your week and into your life. Intentionally ask someone to lunch, go out to dinner with another family, grab a cup of coffee and commune with one another as believers. Learn each others stories. Talk about what God is doing in your life. Talk about your passion for ministry, talk about the needs of the world that break your heart and the ways in which you desire to meet them.
Break bread together. Although the meal be hamburgers instead of those little wafers that are really hard to find. Although the drink be coffee, tea, or wine instead of grape juice; extend the table fellowship of Sunday morning and in so doing fopen yourself up to God’s changing power to unite us as brothers and sisters and create intimacy among us most dare only dream of.
How long has it been since you have had a conversation with a brother or sister that fed your soul? How long has it been since you have felt the intimacy of Christ-centered friendship with those in Fellowship? Family, that’s too long!
Such conversations are not easy for all of us to enter into. It requires that we tear down our pride and lower any of our walls and bridges we use to keep people at arms length. It is not easy, but it is a challenge I throw out to you. Have lunch with someone this week. Have coffee or dinner. Make plans to eat with someone after Church on Sunday. Call one of our newer members who may be struggling to find their place and to find friendship within Fellowship. Reach out to one another. Extend the table fellowship we experienced so deeply and mysteriously on Sunday.