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For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the
Lord's death until He comes.  Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks
the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body
and the blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let
him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (1 Cor. 11:26-28)
We believe that the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, like baptism is
symbolic. It also shows the central truth of the gospel, the death of our
Lord For our sins. It is a time for us to commemorate our Lord's Death
(verse 26) Jesus said, "This do in remembrance of me." Jesus was saying,
"This is how I want to be remembered. When you observe the Lord's Supper,
think of my death for you." He could have asked to be remembered by his
marvelous teachings, his words of wisdom, his deeds of mercy, his healing,
or his powerful miracles; but he said, "This do, in remembrance of me.
Remember my death on the cross for you. Remember my broken body and my
spilled blood." When we take of the Lord's Supper we take time for reflection
on His sacrifice, yet at the same time, we celebrate our salvation.
But it is also a time of examination of our motives and repentance from
our sins (verse 27)
Today, the elements rest on the table and the deacons are ready to serve,
but there is something you must bring to this observance. Often, when invited
to someone's home for dinner we ask, "what do I need to bring." God does
ask that we bring something to the table--an examined heart. (Verse 28).
Please use this worship service to examine your own heart and prepare
yourself to remember what He has done for you.
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Dr. James L. Wilson