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by Chris Jacobsen
Today I’m continuing a sermon series on the sacraments, beginning a two-week focus on the Lord’s Supper. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul warns his readers not to eat the Lord’s Supper “in an unworthy manner,” lest they bring judgement down on themselves.
I have a confession to make: sometimes when I celebrate the supper, I do so in an unworthy manner. I have been in conflict with someone and have failed to work it out prior to dining. I have left some sin unconfessed, too embarrassed to even tell God what it is I have done. I have eaten the bread and drank of the cup, knowing full well that there were those who did not feel
That is why I am thankful for the Reformed Church in America’s liturgy of preparation: the Preparatory Service before the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It is a reminder that part of being in communion with God is working hard to be in communion with my fellow Christian. I know I don’t do it perfectly, and that is why I’m thankful for the amazing grace of God. Because even though I always come to the table unworthily, Christ bids me come to the table anyway.
Today, we’re not celebrating the Supper. May the Holy Spirit prepare my heart this week (and yours too!), so that when we come to the table, we come in peace, demonstrating the love of God and love for one another. Amen.
Chris Jacobsen pastors Abundant Life Reformed Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey.