Sunday Scripture

Today was Communion Sunday with my Living Waters church family. Here’s how God led me:

It is the 1ST Sunday of a brand new month – February – and it’s our time here at Living Waters to observe and celebrate Communion. It’s an observance. It’s an opportunity – that allows us to slow down, and reflect, and honor, and remember what our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ did for us on that cross on that day. It’s also the continuation of this celebration that we enjoy corporately as a church body every Sunday morning when we bring the church from out there to in here.

Christ suffered for us. Never did He sin. Never did He deceive anyone. Never did He retaliate against anyone. Never did He seek revenge against anyone. None of us can claim that, but Christ can. Christ was innocent. We are guilty.

See He had no sins of His own, so He carried all of our sins – past, present, and future – to the cross. He died a horrible death to pay the penalty for our sins forever. He did that for us. That allows us to be dead to sin. That allows us to live for what is right. We didn’t deserve it, but by God’s Grace – we are saved. By His wounds – we are healed. By His suffering – we are free.

So let’s remember – what Christ did for us – and what He continues to do for us.

This is our believer’s Communion. We believe that we have one living and true God – in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 3 Persons – 1 God. Each is God individually; yet, they are one God together. One God – who is almighty. One God – who never changes. One God – who is eternal.

And so this believer’s Communion is open for everyone who hears me – everyone who believes this. If you believe that we are now under the eternal protection of our shepherd – then I invite you to accept this bread and this juice.

I’ve asked Larry and Shirley to serve us these elements today, so as they make their way up here to retrieve the elements I invite you to join me in honoring our 3-in-1 God – who reigns – now and forever.

At this time come forth to accept this bread and this juice. Take them back to your seat – and remain standing (if you can). After everyone is back at their seats – we’ll accept these elements together as a church body. Come forth.

[Praise & Worship Pastor leads us in “We Believe” from Newsboys.]

Communion

Let us take this bread, and know that it represents the sacred body of Christ that was given up for us on that cross. We take this bread in remembrance of Him.

Let us take this juice, and know that it represents the precious blood of Christ that was shed for us on that cross. We take this juice in honor of Him.

Let us bow our heads. Let us pray:

Thank You God for this Glorious moment – in this place – at this time. Thank You Lord for being the unchangeable and unstoppable God that You are – Creator, Christ, and Spirit as One.

Thank You Lord for Your awesome presence in our lives – and Your intentional purpose for our lives. May all of Your beautiful blessings and marvelous miracles constantly strengthen our faith in You, increase our love towards others, and unify our hearts and our souls. We honor You Lord. We praise You Lord. We worship You Lord. We celebrate You Lord. We love You Lord – on this day – and with each new day. And we confirm this by saying – AMEN.

(You may be seated.)

As the Bible says in the Gospel According To John (6:57), and this is in red letters, so Christ said it Himself:

I live because of the living Father who sent Me. In the same way – anyone who feeds on Me will live because of Me.

Receiving the body and blood of Christ during Communion means that we are embracing the life-giving sacrifice of Jesus.

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Sunday Scripture

Today I led my church family in Communion. Here’s the entire transcript of it – minus ad libs. (Words in bold were stressed.)

At this time let’s continue our worship to our Glorious God with our first Sunday of the month tradition here at Living Waters of remembering the Lord’s Supper.

You know the world around us will mock us and ridicule us for publicly believing and freely following our Lord Almighty – our King of Glory. They label us. They call us names. They try to silence us or confine us. They condemn us. They hate us. In some parts of the world they try to destroy us. You can see this every day on the TV News.

But remember this from John Chapter 15. Red letters. Christ’s own words. He said, “If the world hates you – remember that it hated Me first. The world would love you as one of its own – if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. (Verses 18-19)

God chose you … God chose all of us – to come out of the world. We are no longer slaves of the world.

The Good News is this:

… Even if you suffer for doing what is right – God will reward you for it. So don’t be afraid – and don’t worry. Instead … worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope – always be ready to explain it. But you must do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak evil against you they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember it is better to suffer for doing good … than to suffer for doing wrong ! (1 Peter 3:14-17)

That’s some Good News right there (from First Peter). In every opportunity we must testify to the world on how Christ has blessed us with a fantastic journey to live. We must proclaim our praise and worship for our everlasting loving God. We must preach the Truth. And in all of this we must remember – For the Kingdom of God is not just fancy talk. It is living by God’s power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)

The Truth continues:

Christ suffered when He died for our sins – once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring us safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)

He that knew no sin suffered in the place of those that knew no righteousness.

Let’s observe. Let’s rejoice. Let’s celebrate – this believer’s Communion – this agreement – of God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit as One God. It’s open for my church family who hears me, and believes that all of our sins were poured upon Christ at the cross, and that we no longer need to pay the price for our sins – now and forever. It is finished. Paid in full.

If you believe that the finished work of Christ on the cross results in your redemption forever – then I invite you to accept this bread and this juice. I will come to you to serve you these elements. As you receive them please stand – and remain standing – as we prepare to accept them together as a church family.

[Distribute elements.]

And as the Bible says (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 some bread, and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces 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 His people – an agreement confirmed with 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.

Let us bow our heads. Let us pray. Thank You Jesus for that ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Thank You God for choosing us – and blessing us here at Living Waters with Your grace and Your mercy. Thank You Lord for Your awesome presence in our lives – and Your intentional purpose for our lives. May all of Your blessings and miracles constantly strengthen our faith in You, increase our love towards others, and unify our hearts and our souls. We honor You God as the Creator of all Creations, and together we say in agreement – AMEN.