After taking the bread and giving thanks, [Jesus] broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.”Luke 22:19-20
Monday mornings I typically tend to reflect on The previous day. Sunday with my church family anchors my week, and it usually takes a good 24-hours for the message to percolate through to the groundwater of my soul and settle down into my roots.
This weekend the emphasis was twofold. 1) Week Two of Rebekah’s three-week series on forgiveness. 2) Celebrating World Communion Sunday.
The idea of the entire church, throughout the whole world, celebrating the Lord’s Supper together is a powerful initiative that started with The Presbyterian Church in 1936 and has been growing ever since.
I can’t imagine why any church would consciously chose to take a pass when it comes to recognizing our Christ-centered unity in gathering around the table together to “Do this in remembrance of me…”
Jesus was very pointed when it came to how he expected us to “represent”. “People are going to know that you are my disciples when they see how you love one another.” And so remembering Jesus is more than symbolic, the bread the wine call us to love.
This is where Rebekah’s invitation to talk about forgiveness dovetails with The Lord’s Supper.
Forgiveness is a necessary and constant dynamic in a world populated with – well – people.
“Our Good Father”
I also had the opportunity to teach the congregation a new song. Those of you who knew us in Brandon know the beautiful sung Lord’s Prayer Tim and Kelly Black brought with them from Pittsburg. You can find that early in the recording (25:20), right after the children’s moment with Katherine.
So may the strength of a good weekend carry forward into an amazing Monday, and may your week be loaded with peace, joy, and promise.
The invitation to “remember” is also an invitation to allow Jesus to break into our everyday lives – DEREK
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.