beyond time and distance and even death, communion brings us together

– Communion, our last Sunday at WFPC

When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness—Christ doesn’t become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in him. We don’t reduce Christ to what we are; he raises us to what he is. 

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 – The Message

I am not sure there’s a better way to start a new month than with communion. Sharing the bread and the wine is an act of devotion and unity that, in my spirit, pulls me into fellowship around the table with the beautiful people of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, the faithful saints at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, the blessed community at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, our children and grandchildren in Miami and Bahrain, friends and family throughout the wide world, those we love who have proceeded us in death, and the church family at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian where we will be attending this morning.

It is a beautiful truth.

Coming to the Lord’s table always unites us. Nothing else cuts so well through time, and distance, and language, and denomination, and red tape, and style of worship, and disagreements over doctrine, and generations, and even the separation of loss.

So today is a great opportunity to put everything else aside and respond to the invitation. Come.

In love, and because love is the answer – DEREK

– the bread and the wine

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