The following is my communion devotional from Sunday.
How many of you have family traditions? We all do. On Christmas morning in my family my siblings and I would get up early with our flashlights in hand and go see the bounty of presents waiting for us in the living room. Being five children in my family, there were always too many presents to fit under the tree so our piles of presents were spread around the living room. We would take our flashlights, each searching for our respective piles, and once we found them we would carefully examine the Christmas packages before us. After our careful examination we would then proceed to lay down next to them until our parents awoke from their slumber. Once they joined us in the living room we would go around the room each opening one present at a time until we couldn’t see over the billowing pile of crumpled wrapping paper.
This Christmas will be mine and Erin’s first together. So, this weekend we went and bought our first Christmas tree and an ornament commemorating 2005 as our first Christmas. It’s been fund starting our own traditions.
Each of us have our own traditions. Some of ours may be similar to some of someone else’s but I want to call you to think about traditions we all have in common.
Every Sunday we gather here together with a united purpose. We sing praised to our God, we share in a time of fellowship, we hear a sermon, we pray, and we commemorate Jesus’ death, burrial, and resurrection in a meal we call the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus called us to remember Him in this way. In Luke 22:19 “Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to the disciples saying ‘this is my body, given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (NIV)
In the same way in Luke 22:20 Jesus “took the cup, saying, ‘this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (NIV)