Good Folks, it is Friday, September 16, 2016. Tomorrow begins the Fall Festival Weekend with Garage Sale, Food & Fellowship, Concert Series (7PM-Sanctuary), culminating with one combined Sunday service at 10:30AM — followed by a congregation meal of BBQ brisket with all the trimmings in Aldersgate… then, auction items…ALL FOR MISSIONS! Lots of planning and work has gone to make this happen. Make plans to attend, participate and enjoy the blessings.
In last Wednesday’s chapel service, something happened that caught me and others off guard. We ran out of communion cups. Often, we have several left over, whose elements are enjoyed by those responsible for cleaning the communion rail and altar table afterwards. Three, who were present, did Intinction (dipping the bread into the chalice filled with juice). Although this is a backup plan, just-in-case; nevertheless, next time we will prepare for more.
In the writing of this epistle the day afterwards, I went to chapel to gather the tray, bread and elements for cleaning and proper disposal of the elements. Remember, they have been consecrated. The juice returned to the ground from where it came from, likewise for the bread… with birds awaiting.
It was in cleaning and putting away the communion tray, chalices and making ready for next Wednesday’s Chapel service that God showed me how important this simple task is. Necessary? Yes. God present? Yes. Being reminded of those present the night before and the many prayers lifted up for healing? Yes. O Lord, hear our prayers.
I saw a large native lizard warming itself on the sidewalk while breaking the bread and tossing it to the ground for the awaiting birds. I said to myself, “this guy has a cousin in my backyard that is just as big and hungry.” I heard the black birds cawing, waiting for the morsel of bread to be tossed, and I had my own personal conversation with them … encouraging them to stay away from my car as it is parked underneath a tree.
If you are interested in preparing the elements for communion, setting up the Table and cleaning up afterwards, Betsy and I could use a blessing of a pair, or two, of willing hands and hearts.
I am reminded of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, …always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (15:58)
Corinthian Series continues, read chapters 3-5. I will be preaching on 5:1-8.
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
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