Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” – Luke 22:19-20
One in a while all the elements fit together in just the right way, and the result is something memorable.
That’s how it was for our Maundy Thursday worship service yesterday evening at WFPC. We met for supper, we went up into the sanctuary, we worshipped together, and we shared communion literally around a long table.
Oh, and this is important, Jesus showed up.
I’m not being flippant. It’s just that the presence of the Lord was so evident – so remarkable – that the fact of it could not be overlooked.
Not that Jesus isn’t with us every time “two or three are gathered;” it’s just that we don’t pay enough attention so much of the time. But this worship experience, this breaking of the bread, was designed in such a way that we couldn’t help but pay attention.
The WFPC worship ministry team set out a long table down the center aisle of the sanctuary. Then, after Rebekah shared a deeply thoughtful message about the bread of life, the pastors hosted a series of seatings where we served one-another the bread and the wine.
Finally, silently, Rebekah and John would stand to dismiss the table, and people walked quietly out into the night as the next group came to be served.
It was simple, powerful, and moving. The presence of Jesus was full.
Surely, the presence of the Lord is in this place – DEREK
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place;
I can feel his mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angels’ wings,
I see glory on each face;
surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. – Lanny Wolfe, 1977
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.