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Thanks for Joining Us!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 00:45

THANKS FOR JOINING US!

I am so pleased to have you join us as we worship God together. Your very presence is a blessing. My desire is to see you become part of a church family and to journey with you in knowing more of Jesus. If you feel that Church of the Rock Bronx Park might be that place, we want to do everything we can to make that possible.

I believe that church is not just somewhere you go on a Sunday morning, but rather a group of caring people with whom you can belong.

I would like to invite you to join us at our next Welcome Lunch being held on Sunday, April 3, 2020. This will introduce you to some of our leaders and programs offered. I trust that this will be a good experience for you to connect with our church family.

RSVP for our next Welcome Lunch

Here is a link to watch our messages online. I hope they will be an encouragement to you.

Go to Watch Online

Thank you for this opportunity to write and share my heart with you.

In Jesus’ love,

Pastor Graham Hunt

P: (204) 261-0070
E: graham@churchoftherock.ca
720 Henderson Hwy Winnipeg, MB R2K 0Z5
www.churchoftherock.ca

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High School Ministry – Nov. 29th – Laser War!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:29

This week!

Laser War
November 29th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Laser war in the entire church? I think so! We start our Have & Have-Nots series! It’s a series about comparisons!

The week after that…

Ask Anything!
December 6th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Text in or ask any question about faith and life! We will try our best to answer as many as possible! Text anonymously and free: 431-801-5601

The week after that…

Baptisms
December 13th Friday 7:11-10 PM
We are celebrating what God has done in the short time we’ve been together by baptizing our students!  Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the evening together!  If you’d like to be baptized let Mathew know! Or send an email to mathew@churchoftherock.ca

 

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Threshold Jr – Nov 27th – Game Show!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:27

This week!

Game Show
November 27th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We love to have tons of fun playing Game Shows and tonight will be no different! Have fun and win some treats!

The week after that…

God, Save the Queen!
December 4th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
It’s freeze tag with foam swords and riddles in the entire church! Will you and your friends be able to save the Queen? We start a brand-new series called Unwrapped. It’s about Christmas!

The week after that…

Christmas Game Show…
December 11th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We enjoy our game shows so much and we are doing a Christmas edition this time! We pick from our favorite and best-played ones! Win prizes with your friends! We finish our series called Unwrapped.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Re-post: Let Us Pray for Moral Clarity

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 11:00

Several decades ago a distraught father arrived unscheduled at my study, dropped heavily into a chair, and announced without preliminaries, “We’ve got a pregnant girl at our house.”

The pregnancy was the result of one passionate indiscretion not of a covert lifestyle she and her boyfriend had adopted. Nevertheless, their plans for further education were suddenly jeopardized, and additional unanticipated consequences were beginning to unfold.

The parents were crushed by the news, but wise in their responses. There was no talk of spiriting the daughter out of town to have the baby in anonymity, no toying with the thought of an abortion, no counseling about a possible adoption. They judged that the relationship of the two young people had the marks of real love and they seemed to them a good match. For these reasons, everyone — parents and the couple — agreed to a private wedding in their home.

The news spread quickly to the youth group of the church and they were filled with empathy. They immediately began to talk among themselves about giving the whole of their church youth fund, a significant amount, to the couple. The impulse solidified quickly.

Upon learning of this, I spoke to the group’s leaders, saying theirs was not an appropriate response to the crisis. We don’t reward a serious moral lapse generously. At first the teens saw me as cold and lacking in compassion. Their anger was strong but restrained.

But this became a teaching moment. I explained that the couple’s conduct had grievously broken God’s law, brought grief to parents, and in major ways set a hurtful example to peers. I urged them to understand that their generous plan would create moral confusion.

It would be more appropriate, I explained, to pool their own personal resources and give a wedding gift such as they might give to others from their youth group who were getting married. Emotions cooled and my suggestion seemed to take.

That was many years ago. Things settled back quite quickly then because in that social environment there were more substantial moral norms to work from in making moral decisions. Today a Christian community is likely to find even within its own ranks a confusion of opinions regarding what would be right and what would be wrong in responding to the young couple’s moral lapse.

The couple themselves responded to their new situation courageously and with purpose and they went on to raise a family and live exemplary Christian lives. And the church community, compassionate in its general responses, settled quickly. It bore testimony to something deeper than mere sentimentality — to the redemptive love of a Christian group held together by moral unity.

The shift in society across intervening decades makes clear that moral clarity has become blurred even in the minds of many Christians. Fuzzy thinking about right and wrong replaces a clear settled commitment to seeking the righteousness of God.

In this environment of moral confusion, I pray for moral clarity in my own understanding as well as in the church around the world. I pray for it in the pulpits of the land, in church board decisions, in every Sunday school class, in Christian grade schools, in Christian colleges and universities everywhere. And perhaps most of all, I pray that in Christian families healthy consciences will be formed in the crucible of family living and family altars.

In a world filled with moral ambiguities and confusion, do you believe moral integrity is worth fighting for in family circles, within the church, and in society at large? If so, please join me in prayer for the strengthening of Christian consciences everywhere.

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Elevate Worship Night

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 11/23/2019 - 01:15

Lift the name of Jesus as a community.

Elevate Worship Night
Sunday, November 24
Youth Room
7:00 PM

Join us for a night of worship and soar on wings like eagles! Hear from one of our Engage leaders about their experience with soaring.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Setlist:
Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
Closer – Bethel Music
Endless Alleluia – Cory Asbury
What A Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
Still – Hillsong Worship
Great Are You Lord – All Sons and Daughters
Who You Say I Am – Hillsong Worship
From The Inside Out – Hillsong United

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1EbpPGhSaNBYhUf6Krvb1u?si=xu2yrr2TR8WADpcwR1Y5CQ

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High School Ministry – Nov. 22nd – Talent Show!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 04:12

This week…

Talent Show
November 22nd Friday 7:11-10PM
It can be as simple as solving a Rubik’s cube, beatboxing, singing or dancing! It’s your chance to show us your cool and amazing talents and we are pump to see them!

The week after that…

Laser War
November 29th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Laser war in the entire church? I think so! We start our Have & Have-Nots series! It’s a series about comparisons!

The week after that…

Ask Anything!
December 6th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Text in or ask any question about faith and life! We will try our best ti answer as many as possible! Text anonymously and free: 431-801-5601

 

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
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Threshold Jr – Nov 20th – Talent Show!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 04:03

This week!

Talent Show
November 20th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
This is your chance to show us your hidden talents! It can be as simple as singing or dancing and making your eyebrows dance. We finish our series called The Haves & Have-Nots!

The week after that…

Game Show
November 27th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We love to have tons of fun playing Game Shows and tonight will be no different! Have fun and win some treats!

The week after that…

God, Save the Queen!
December 4th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
It’s freeze tag with foam swords and riddles in the entire church! Will you and your friends be able to save the Queen?

MONTHLY CALENDAR

 

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Aalto’s Restaurant & Christmas Gift Exchange

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:23

Let’s get a head-start on celebrating the Christmas season! Bring a $9 gender-neutral gift and your appetite for a time of fellowship and food together! Located at Aalto’s in Canad Inns Fort Garry (1824 Pembina Hwy). Affinity Manitoba South singles will also be joining us for the event!

Full dinner buffet is $26.99 ($23.99 if you are a 55 plus person) or you can order off the menu. Gluten-free and nut-free options are available. We will be doing separate bills.

See full menu here: www.canadinns.com/eat/aaltos/ or call Aalto’s for specific inquiries at (204) 478-6422.

RSVP by Wednesday, December 11th to singles@churchoftherock.ca – spots are limited.

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Re-post: A Pastor’s Wife Tells Her Story

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 11:00

By Kathleen G. Bastian

When I married Don, I knew that he was moving toward Christian ministry as a life vocation, but I didn’t know for sure the specific form it would take. I only knew that he was a ministerial student and would have several years of education to complete. I also knew from the start that I would support him in whatever work he believed he was called to do. That was the way most wives felt back in the 1940s.

I was a primary school teacher when we were married; he was a student and staff member at Lorne Park College west of Toronto, Ontario. After three-and-a-half years, we went on to Greenville College (now University) in Illinois with our two-year-old daughter, Carolyn, so Don could finish his final two years of college. From there, we went to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, for another three years of training.

By the time he had completed his studies at Asbury it was clear that the focus of his ministry was to be the pastorate. In fact, for those three years of seminary he was assigned to be pastor of the Free Methodist church in nearby Lexington, and that is when I got my first taste of what it meant to stand with him in that sort of ministry.

Besides caring for the three little children we had by then and taking as much of the burden of the household as I could while he pursued his studies, I made myself available to teach Sunday school and often entertained seminary students on Sundays so they could remain in the city and canvass the community with my husband.

When we went to our second church, the Free Methodist church in New Westminster, British Columbia, I discovered what it really meant to stand by my pastor husband in ministry. He led the church in a growth spurt that meant new prospects nearly every Sunday, new programs to meet the needs of a growing congregation, and lots of social events in our parsonage to get to know newcomers and otherwise promote fellowship and community.

One aspect of our experience stands out in my mind. We both worked hard at our assignment and my husband did lots of evening calling to follow up on new prospects and care for other pastoral duties. This usually involved two or three nights a week. During these times, I was at home alone with our four little children.

It wasn’t that we didn’t have time together. He was home for the noon and evening meals most days. Also, we had simple and inexpensive but good vacations together. As well, we certainly were in touch with each other in the social life of the church.

But one night when my husband was out calling and I had put the children to bed and the house was quiet, I found myself wondering, “What is this all about anyway? I don’t like being alone so much in the evenings. There’s got to be more to life than this.”

After musing about this for some time I suddenly said to myself, “When I free my husband to be out doing the Lord’s work like this, I am really a part of that call he’s making. It is my ministry too.” That set my heart at rest. I never after that had the same feeling of personal deprivation about releasing him to work in the harvest field of the Lord. And standing together in mutual service has enriched our nearly 72 years together.

In it all, I learned that when working in the Lord’s service one must leave the results with him.

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Crafts for Christmas

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 04:30

We’ve got a couple more great events lined up for this month, plus a sneak peak into December.

Crafts for Christmas
Thursday, Nov. 21
Youth Room
7:30 PM

We’re fundraising support for young adults missions by selling Cookie Jars, but first we have to make them! Join us in the Youth Room at 7:30 PM to put together these jars. They’ll be filled with dry ingredients for cookies and then sold in December. We’ll also be watching a Christmas movie, and to say thank you for helping we’ll be giving you some sweet treats.

M a r k    y o u r    c a l e n d a r s !

New Years Eve Countdown
Tuesday, December 31
Youth Room
9:00 PM

This is one of our best events of the year, and if you don’t have plans yet, you do now! We’re having a party in the Youth Room and you should tell all your friends. What’s the theme? Stay tuned to find out…

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Paint Night for Married Couples

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 19:52

Paint Night is a date night for married couples. Through our marriage ministry, we will be hosting a night for couples to take time to grow and invest into their marriage, while having fun by painting.  Child care is available for the evening. Sign up is required for couples and child care.

Come with your spouse and join us at the North End Campus, 239 Selkirk Ave, on  Friday November 15, 2019 at 7pm. For more information contact Dale and Laura Lawrence and to register your kids for child care call the Church office at 204.261.0070 to speak to Alisha.

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High School Ministry – Nov. 15th – 204 Conference!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 17:23

This week…

204 Conference
November 15th Friday 7 PM
BIGGEST youth conference in Manitoba. Sleepover is a possibility upon sign-up! Sign-up by emailing back! The conference will go until Saturday at 3:30. Let’s praise and worship Jesus together! Cost: $20

Waiver – Click Here!

The week after that…

Talent Show
November 22nd Friday 7:11-10PM
It can be as simple as solving a Rubik’s cube, beatboxing, singing or dancing! It’s your chance to show us your cool and amazing talents and we are pump to see them!

The week after that…

Laser War
November 29th Friday 7:11-10 PM
Laser war in the entire church? I think so! We start our Have & Have-Nots series! It’s a series about comparisons!

 

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
Click here for this month’s calendar

 

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Threshold Jr – Nov 13th – Just Dance!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 17:12

This week…

Just Dance
November 13th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
Dance like no one is watching, except… We are watching! Show off your dancing skills and win a prize! We start a new series called The Haves and Have-Nots! It’s about how we deal with comparisons!

&


204 Conference
November 15th Friday 7 PM
BIGGEST youth conference in Manitoba. Here at Church of the Rock! ONE HUGE youth group night! You won’t want to miss this!

The week after that…

Talent Show
November 20th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
This is your chance to show us your hidden talents! It can be as simple as singing or dancing and making your eyebrows dance. We finish our series called The Haves & Have-Nots!

The week after that…

Game Show
November 27th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
We love to have tons of fun playing Game Shows and tonight will be no different! Have fun and win some treats!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

 

  Click here for this month’s calendar

 

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Re-post: A Love Story with Depth

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:00

In the 1730s there lived in England a man named Charles Wesley, brother to the better-known John Wesley, both of them founders of Methodism. They were ordained Anglican clergymen and ardent in observing the practices of the faith.

As an example of their serious intent to devote themselves completely to God, while studying at Oxford they and some of their companions vowed not to marry, and agreed if any of them should change their mind they would consult one another about their plans.

Years later, when Charles was approaching middle age, he began to have second thoughts about this resolution. By then, the Methodist movement had become large and he, the gifted hymn-writer, was busy traveling, preaching, and composing hymns to be sung.

At thirty-nine years of age he preached briefly in South Wales along the western coast of England. While there, a Methodist convert named Marmaduke Gwynne came to see him, and then took him to his estate — a large property named Garth, complete with a mansion, nine children, and 20 servants.

During six days of preaching in the area Charles found himself drawn back to Garth several times. Sarah Gwynne (Miss Sally) was the attraction. She was 21, he nearly 40.

After six days he crossed the waters to Ireland where there was a rapidly developing Methodist movement in the region of Dublin. He preached there for six months, sometimes several times a day. It was a tumultuous time: there were riots, Methodist homes were ransacked, and brutal murders were committed. Amidst it all, Charles was consoled and strengthened by letters from Sally.

The trip back to Garth in South Wales was rugged — first by ship, then by a coastal ferry. But the last leg of his journey was 120 miles on horseback in the face of a driving rain. When he arrived at Garth he was ill, but, nursed back to health, he was able to preach and administer communion.

Charles began to think about marriage, but two matters had to be attended to first. His foremost question: Had Sally personally experienced redeeming grace? This was the life-changing message at the heart of the Methodist renewal. That is, it was the Methodist restoration of the Gospel message of “new birth” or “the inner transformation” to new life in Christ. Charles evidently needed to know that Sally’s Gospel experience and understanding were more than piety and formalized devotion.

Both Charles and brother John would not compromise on this question. They themselves had been transformed from several years of a rigorous but unsatisfying faith by a powerful awakening of the Holy Spirit. Happily, in due time, Charles’ question about Sally’s faith was answered to his satisfaction.

The second matter was his ability to care for wife. Sally’s mother was favorable to Charles as a husband for Sally but asked what assurance he could give that an itinerant preacher without a settled income could support her. Charles consulted his publisher. He and his brother talked to a banker. The answer: royalties from his books would be more than enough to provide the 100 pounds a year that Mrs. Gwynne required. When brother John gave written assurance on behalf of brother Charles of adequate resources, Mrs. Gwynne approved.

A spiritual question and then a practical one had been thoroughly addressed. Then, on April 9, 1749, Charles and Sally were married at Garth. It was a day filled with sunshine and joy. Charles wrote that his brother John seemed the happiest of all those present.

Was it a great and durable love? In her mid-twenties Sally’s beauty was scarred horribly by life-threatening smallpox. This disfigurement in no way diminished Charles’s love for her. She went with him on his preaching circuit and the Methodist people loved her dearly. Years into the marriage his tender notes to her might begin, “My ever dearest Sally”.

Charles and Sally had eight children but only three survived childhood: two boys, Charles and Samuel, and one girl, Sarah (also called Sally). The two sons were musical child prodigies and both became well-known organists. Sally had the poetic gift of her father. Parents Charles and Sally were happily married 39 years until his death in 1788.

What do we glean from this story? A determined 120-mile ride through a pelting rain speaks of the enlivening and motivating effects of genuine love. Mrs. Gwynne’s insistence that Charles show evidence of adequate support for her daughter speaks of the parental responsibility of a mother’s heart, especially in a day when there was no significant social safety net. Charles’ tender notes addressed to Sally across decades of marriage speak of the durability of genuine love through all circumstances.

And Charles’ foremost question, above, bore witness that, above all, it was a living shared faith in Christ our Lord that bound their marriage together.

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Tournament of Useless Things

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 06:10

Show off your useless talents!

Tournament of Useless Things
Thursday, Nov. 7
Youth Room
7:30 PM

Come out and join us this Thursday at 7:30 PM for a fun night of random tournaments! Compete in totally useless events like:

Timbit Throw
Speed Painting
Lipsync Battle

We hope to see your talented self there!

Christmas Banquet 

You are invited to enjoy the annual church-wide Christmas Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 PM. This night features a sit-down dinner with entertainment by comedian Matt Falk. The young adults always attend this event in semi-formal to formal attire. Tickets are $30.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 12:00 noon, and can be purchased here

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Pieces of Eight: Dedicate

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 21:05

Our eight part series, “Pieces of Eight”, was concluded at the Church of the Rock North End Campus on October 27,2019 by Andrew Campbell. Andrew concluded the series focused on the word Dedicate.  By clicking the link below you will be able to access the audio recording of the sermon. For more information you can contact us through our office at 204.261.0070.

 

Pieces of Eight: Dedicate by Andrew Campbell 

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“Can You Hear Me Now?” Free Evening Conference

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 21:16

Guest speakers Pastor Aubrey & Eileen Krahn join us to share and discuss the journey in learning to hear God and practical steps. Coffee & tea provided. Come hear all about it on Saturday, November 16th @ 7 PM in the Youth Room

RSVP to singles@churchoftherock.ca by Wednesday, November 13th.

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High School Ministry – Nov. 8th – Gargon!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 17:20

This week!

Gargon
November 8th Friday 7:11-10:00 pm
A monster is on the loose in the church, your only way to defeat it is by finding all 3 parts of the flashlight!  Don’t get caught! Sounds easy? Did I mention it’s done in the dark? We start a new series called Stronger! We explore what do we do when life hurts or doesn’t make sense.

The week after that…

204 Conference
November 15th Friday 7 PM
BIGGEST youth conference in Manitoba. Sleepover is a possibility upon sign-up! Sign-up by emailing back! The conference will go until Saturday 4:00 if we have enough sign-ups. Let’s praise and worship Jesus together! Cost: 20

Waiver – Click Here!

The week after that…

Talent Show
November 22nd Friday 7 PM
It can be as simple as solving a Rubik’s cube, beatboxing, singing or dancing! It’s your chance to show us your cool and amazing talents and we are pump to see them!

 MONTHLY CALENDAR

 
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Threshold Jr – Nov 6th – Zombie Apocalypse!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 17:06

This week!

Zombie Apocalypse
November 6th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
Do you think you can survive wave after wave of zombies during the apocalypse? Nerf guns on one side and the ‘zombies’ on the other! We continue our series called Stronger!

The week after that…

Just Dance
November 13th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
Dance like no one is watching, except.. We are watching! Show off your dancing skills and win a prize! We continue our series called Stronger!

&


204 Conference
November 15th Friday 7PM
BIGGEST youth conference in Manitoba. Here at Church of the Rock! ONE HUGE youth group night! You won’t want to miss this!

The week after that…

Talent Show
November 20th – Wednesday – 7-9 pm
This is your chance to show us your hidden talents! It can be as simple as singing or dancing and making your eyebrows dance. We finish our series called Stronger!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Re-post: Thoughts About Serving Holy Communion

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:00

Young pastors sometimes struggle to see the value of liturgy, especially the service of Holy Communion. It may seem “unspiritual” to them because the words spoken are prescribed in advance. Consequently, they may feel the need to “reformat” this ancient rite of the Church.

I once heard of a young pastor’s novel come-and-go Communion service. The elements were laid out on the Communion table and people were invited to come anytime Sunday afternoon and serve themselves, without benefit of explanation, pastor, or possibly even fellow believers.

Or there was the pastor so opposed to rituals of any kind that he simply “announced” Communion and passed the elements around without invitation, consecration, explanation, or prayer. Any unchurched person would be sure to go away asking, “What was that about?”

Whatever the cause for disinterest or aversion, here are some simple suggestions to help pastors conducting a Communion service. They may also be useful for laypersons who feel the need for fuller engagement with this sacrament.

1. During the week prior to the service, live in the four brief New Testament passages that report the first Lord’s Supper, attended and hosted by Jesus Himself:

Matthew 26:17-30
Mark 14:22-26
Luke 22:19-23
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Let the scene set itself in your imagination and let the words sink in. If the truths expressed in “this is my body … this is my blood (broken/shed for you)” seem wrapped in mystery, remember that in the early days of the Christian era the Greek branch of the church often referred to the Lord’s Supper as just that — “the Mystery.”

2. The day before the Lord’s Supper is served, spend time with the ritual itself. Read it aloud. Personalize its opening invitation for yourself. Think afresh what the sacrificial death of Jesus meant and turn that understanding into prayer. It is sometimes the savoring of words — “putting them under your tongue and sucking them like a sweetie,” as one Scottish divine advised — that releases their power.

3. Practice reading the service out loud slowly and thoughtfully. In doing so you may hear fresh truth for your own need. One teacher of pastors offered this advice to those called upon to read the Bible in public services: “Read it as if you are listening to it yourself, not as though you wrote it.” The same advice fits reading the ritual of Holy Communion.

4. If you have any impulse in your mind to diminish or neglect the serving of the Lord’s Supper, remember that, throughout history, it has often been called the central act of Christian worship. Let that understanding refashion your thinking.

5. Finally, whether you are a pastor or layperson, resist the tendency to seek innovation. Sometimes in our youth we are inclined to diminish the value of repetition in favor of new ways of saying or doing things. Innovation certainly has its place, but not with a fundamental practice of our faith such as the Lord’s Supper. Repetition is intended to fix its truths in believers’ minds.

After one communion service at which I had served believers of all ages, an elderly woman, the widow of a minister, spoke to me. She had heard the ritual all her life. She said to me with feeling, “The longer I live, the more meaningful the Lord’s Supper becomes to me.”

Photo credit: Kathy (via flickr.com)

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