The Significance of the Lord’s Supper

The Significance of the Lord’s Supper

 

Text: 1 Corinthians 11

 

Today is Communion Sunday. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is something that we celebrate every month of the year. We see the importance of coming together as a community of faith to celebrate the Sacrament. However too often in this day and age we forget the real significance of the Lord’s Supper. So in order to attempt to overcome this would like to consider with you the significance of the Lord’s Supper on the communion Sunday. I intend to look at the significance from 4 areas: as a memorial observance, a symbolic observance, a continuing observance and a church observance. Then I hope to tie it altogether as we look at the Observance of the Lord’s Supper.

 

My prayer is that through the sermon that the Lord will give us a better understanding of the communion service and lead us into a more meaningful participation.

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Prayer

Prayer: Luke 11:1-13

By Erica Farrell

I had been teaching my young son, Matthew, the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, he would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, he decided to go solo. I listened with pride as he carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: “Lead us not into temptation,” he prayed, “but deliver us some E-mail. Amen.” Ah a sign of the times!

There are plenty of amusing stories about children and prayer. Here’s a couple more:

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Pentecost

Pentecost

 

Text: Acts 2:1-13

 

Let me ask you, ‘How do you read the Bible? Do you read it literally, taking it at its face value (i.e. superficially), believing that in the main it is an accurate account of actual happenings?  – which, by the way, is what most people want to believe about it. Or do you read it symbolically, recognizing that there’s usually more in it than meets the eye, seeking to discover its hidden meaning, and what the original author was getting at? – a difficult but rewarding exercise. The latter is much the way we have been studying the Bible on the Monday evening Bible Study as we have worked through Kobus’ ‘The Bible as GPS’ material.

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Why the Resurrection?

Why the Resurrection?

 

Text: Matthew 28:6

 

For nearly two thousand years the Church has celebrated with song and story the resurrection of our Lord and yet on that first Easter morning of long ago no one was prepared for its arrival in the sense that they were expecting it. Pilate gave it no thought; Caiaphas depended on the guards’ watch on the tomb, and the expectancy of the disciples ended in the gloom of Calvary.

 

Mary Magadalene spent the previous night in careful preparation of her perfumes and precious ointments for the anointing of the body of her beloved dead friend instead of attiring herself in fit apparel to greet her risen Lord. So when she had made her way through the darkness to the tomb and came face to face with the vacant tomb she was taken aback. She like one frozen in their tracks, a deer in the headlights so to speak. Her frightened eyes were fixed upon the empty tomb, her heart was broken anew, and she was all the more sorrowful at having been denied the last kind of service of anointing His body.

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Why I believe in the Resurrection

Why I believe in the Resurrection

 

Text: Matthew 28:6

 

For nearly two thousand years the Church has celebrated with song and story the resurrection of our Lord, and yet on that first Easter morning of long ago no one was prepared for its arrival in the sense that they were expecting it. Pilate gave it no thought; Caiaphas depended on the guard’s watch on the tomb, and the expectancy of the disciples ended in the gloom of Calvary.

 

Mary Magdalene spent the previous night in careful preparation of her perfumes and precious ointments for the anointing of the body of her beloved teacher instead of attiring herself in clothing fit for greeting her risen Lord. So when she made her weary way through the darkness to the tomb and came face to face with the vacant sepulcher she was aghast. She was like a deer frozen in its tracks. Her frightened eyes were fixed upon the empty tomb, her heart was broken and she was all the more sorrowful at having been denied the last kind service of anointing his body.

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