Good morning BAC family. This morning we will be celebrating communion and starting our new preaching series. I invite you to make sure you have something to participate in communion as you go through the devotional and then begin by reading Psalm 30.
I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8 To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
As we celebrate communion this morning I want us to keep these words in mind as they give us a vivid picture of what Jesus went through and why. He suffered greatly for us. We were the ones with the sin issue and he was the one who could choose to do something about it.
And he did…
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
It struck me this week as I considered these passages, that Jesus did not lose any of himself (his divinity) when he took on the human form. It isn’t that I was unaware of Jesus being fully God and fully man, it is the idea that to take on something different did not take away from who he already was. What a powerful thought when Paul is telling us to have the same mindset as Jesus and we find ourselves living in a season of time where we are asked to make some comparatively small changes for the sake of others.
Sacrifice is never easy, especially when it is for the benefit of someone else. But Jesus didn’t die for us to be passive recipients. The life he offers us through his death is a life of partnership. A life of participation in spreading the hope that he has brought into the world. Paul says it this way in I Corinthians 10:16-17…
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.”
Yes, the participation starts as we die to self and live in Christ, but in continues as we live out our lives with the same mindset of Christ Jesus. We have become messengers of hope and peace. We can sacrificially step into new space in our world and it doesn’t take away our standing in Jesus.
As we come to communion this is what I want us to keep in mind. We come to him to celebrate and thank him for what he has done for us AND to commit ourselves, as his disciples, to go out into all the world and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 11:23-24
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
Prayer – Take time to thank the Lord for the sacrifice of his body which he willing made for you.
I Corinthians 11:25-26
In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Prayer – Take time to thank the Lord for his shed blood which paid the penalty for your sin
Before we close, I just want to share a few announcements:
- Tuesday Prayer Meeting – This Tuesday at 7pm you have the option to join us either in person at the church or online as we gather to pray
- Kids Zoom – a reminder that Zoom Kids Church is this Wednesday, 4:15-5:15 PM for those Preschool to Grade 3, and from 7-8 PM for those Grades 4-8. Keep an eye out for the link that will be sent out from the church office.
- Youth – We will be in the Olding’s back yard again this Friday at 7pm. Watch for an email with details
- Office schedule – The Office is open Monday to Thursday. Visits continue to be by appointment only at this time, so be sure to call ahead or email. Katie can be reached at email@example.com, Pastor Greg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Pastor Dave can be reached at email@example.com.
I encourage you to do two things with your giving that may help a little.
- Do your giving each week as part of this devotional/worship time. I know it is not exactly the same thing, but it does help us view our giving as worship rather than simply a financial transaction
- Take time to pray as you give. Thank God for what he has given to you, acknowledge your trust in him for tomorrow, and tell him why you give to him and the work of his church.
- Best – E-Transfer (no fees)
- firstname.lastname@example.org is the email address you will need to make an e-transfer
- Please include your first and last name in the memo box
- If you know your envelope number please include it in the memo box (*Do not include the # sign as it will not accept that)
- Still good, but with fees – Canada Helps
- https://bayridgealliance.ca/give-with-canada-helps/ and click on the donate button to give
Thank you for honouring God by supporting the Church.
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’