Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Meeting at The Table

Scripture Text: Acts 20:1-16

In this passage from Acts 20 it is easy to focus on the man falling out of the window because he fell asleep. We could look at the amazing account of his being resurrected. Time could be spent talking about whether or not Paul should have been speaking for as long as he did. Those would all be good focus points, and not what we will focus on.

The reason for the gathering was not even to hear Paul preach. Believers in Troas gathered together to share in the Lord's Supper. The people were gathering to share Holy Communion together and Paul preaching is part of the celebration of God's mercy, grace and love.

Something powerful happens when people gather at the Communion Table. People from all different walks of life share in the common bread and cup. Even more profound is the bond of community that is found in the sharing of this sacred meal. When people come together and share in Communion the bond is well beyond sharing some ritual of the church, there is a more intimate and deep connection.

In the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup, the grace of God is made available in such a way that people not only meet the risen Christ, they meet each other. The Lord's Supper is more than a personal one-on-one with Jesus, it is a meal where the community meets and experiences the grace of God is a real and tangible way.

Sharing in Holy Communion as a married couple offers yet another layer of connection. Like with the greater community, there is an intimacy and depth in sharing of the bread and cup with your spouse. Beyond that which is experienced by the community, is the opportunity to remember the union of each other with Christ at the center. The bread and cup serve as a reminder not only of God's grace and love but the grace and love required in a marriage.

When the opportunity presents itself once again for sharing in the Lord's Supper we hope that you will move beyond a personal experience. There is something profound happening in the community sharing the meal, and there is an opportunity for something profound in the martial covenant you share. Our prayer is you will meet Christ, the community and each other in a deeper way as you share in the holy meal.

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