"And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, "Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood." Luke 22:17-20 ESV
Every time I read these words, I am flooded with different emotions. First, there is the shame of my sin and a reminder of my unworthiness. Then there is the sense of relief and thanks in remembering that is the reason Jesus came, not because I am worthy, but because of his love and grace.
World Communion Sunday is observed today by many denominations. While the form of our liturgies for the service may differ, we are all meeting for the common purpose, to remember God's healing gift to us in Jesus Christ. Though we meet in different places and worship in other languages, we are all of one body. In this oneness of communion, we experience a foretaste of heaven; all the saints gathered in a singularity of purpose to worship and praise God.
Gracious Heavenly Father, today, as we remember this final act of Jesus' sharing with his disciples, we recall His willing sacrifice that would follow so that we might receive spiritual healing. As we share in the bread and cup, we celebrate your presence and join with all the past, present, and future saints as one body worshiping you. Thank you for your sending of the Holy Spirit to prepare us for that day when we join together at the heavenly banquet in praise and worship. Amen.