The lights dimmed and somber music filled the hall as the ushers solemnly carried the bread and wine forward for communion. The pastor emphasized the broken body and spilled blood of Christ as he talked about Jesus’ command to remember him. We sat in silence and prayed as the bread and wine were distributed. It was a time of quiet reflection. On this occasion it stood in stark contrast to an inspiring sermon the pastor had just given about the joy of being in union with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
References to: communion
Funny, isn’t it, how you can read a scripture many times and still miss something obvious? It even happens to pastors who have many years of experience.
I belong to our local ministerial association. A regular part of our monthly meeting is a short devotional given by one of the members. At a recent meeting it was the turn of Chuck Clayton, the supervising pastor at one of the local churches. He said he had been thinking recently about 1 Corinthians 11, starting in verse 23.