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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, October 4, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Christians pose several different possibilities for what Christ meant when he said, “This is my body.” (1) Some believe that the bread and wine actually become Christ’s physical blood and body. (2) Others believe that the bread and wine remain unchanged, but Christ is spiritually present with the bread and wine. (3) Still others believe that the bread and wine symbolize Christ’s body and blood. Christians generally agree, however, that participating in the Lord’s Supper is an important element in the Christian faith and that Christ’s presence, however we understand it, strengthens us spiritually.
Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” How do we remember Christ in the Lord’s Supper? By thinking about what he did and why he did it. If the Lord’s Supper becomes just a ritual or a pious habit, it no longer celebrates Christ’s death, and it looses its significance. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – For this is what the Lord himself said, and I pass it on to you just as I received it. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and you, sealed by the shedding of my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. — 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NRSV)
Kathryn Collier (Iowa) titled her story “IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME;” here is a portion of Kathryn’s story:
“The residents of our retirement community gathered to celebrate World Communion Sunday. Beforehand, I had carefully pressed the linens with the white embroidered letters, ‘IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME,’ and prepared the communion elements to fit the needs of our congregation. . . When I looked at the Communion table, my heart sank. I had placed the linen covering backwards, showing the reverse side of the letters. . .
“As the service began and I collected my thoughts, I realized that nothing could diminish the significance and simple beauty of this sacrament for me. . . Neither imperfect linens nor the size or kind of bread prepared would make a difference. . . God meets us at the table regardless of language, color of skin, or time zone. Around the world, we all kneel at the Lord’s Table with the words of Jesus in mind: ‘Do this in remembrance of me.'”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I am a part of the worldwide body of Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the sacrament of Communion. Help us to find unity around your table. Amen.
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