Tuesday, March 27, 2018

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it, he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.  He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.”  Mark 14: 22-24

“A Tiny piece of bread is all the love you need”  “Come to the table of the Lord,”  Two of my favorite songs I sang with the Praise Band!  Jesus is nearing the end of his time on Earth.  He eats one last meal with his disciples. Jesus serving his disciples is symbolic as he is teaching them they are to serve others.   Jesus has spent the last three years with this group. During this time he has instructed them by serving others you are also serving him and his Father.  Jesus shared many a meal with those considered outcasts.  He never judged them but invited them to his table.  Everyone is welcome to the table.

I had been struggling with a nagging feeling of  something “missing” or just off in my faith journey. I serve on church council, assist with the teaching of confirmation and belong to Lydia’s Circle.  I wasn’t questioning my faith, but felt I needed to be more involved with my church.  I joined the Home Communion Team!  What an awesome & amazing experience this has been for me!  Joe Smith and I have teamed up to serve communion monthly to our home-bound/shut ins.  Thus far, I have been served!  It is truly humbling to share the meal with others.

The Sacrament of the Eucharist is sacred. .  I admit I was very nervous and somewhat apprehensive.  However, serving our members who, for whatever reason, are not able to attend worship is strengthening my faith.  Even though they are not physically present at worship, we are together.  Jesus explained during the Last Supper, we will be together when he is no longer here. Breaking bread was considered a symbol of unity. When our Home Communion Team visits with disciples of St. John’s, we are binding the connection of our church community.  We are expanding the table outside of the church.  I look forward to each visit.  We spend time talking before distribution and afterwards. We are a community of believers.  I believe this is what Jesus was speaking of during this last meal with his disciples.  He was not only telling those present to enjoy the meal, but how to remember him when he was gone.   He gave each a piece of bread, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, given for you,” and then passed the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for all people for the forgiveness of sin”.  As we commune at each home visit, I am reminded of Jesus’s love for us.  By doing this basic function of sharing a meal we are keeping his presence alive in our hearts.  We are continuing what he taught his disciples over 2,000 years ago. It is a learning experience I am embracing with an open heart.  The body and blood of our Lord & Savior given to everyone will strengthen and sustain us until we join him in heaven.

Prayer: Dear Lord, as we remember these simple verses, help us to continue Jesus’ request to share this meal with all who believe. Help us never to judge our neighbors and fellow disciples, but only open a space at the table to share this holy meal.   Amen.

Lisa Startzman

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