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Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)
TITLE: Family Supper
By Kathy Bruins
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God provided Amy with a family at this church. Her mother had passed away a few years ago from cancer. She missed her mother terribly and still ached inside from the loss. A hand reaches over and pats hers. She looks up into the face of Ruth, who was wearing a look of compassion. Amy didn’t realize that tears fell silently as she reminisced about the old days. The people here showed her repeatedly how they loved her. Just last week when her car broke down, Mike came right over to help. He was like a brother to her. She never had a brother before, but now she did. She had many brothers and sisters.
Communion is beginning. Pastor Aaron said, “Jesus on the night He was betrayed took the bread, gave thanks, and said to His friends, ‘Take and eat; this is My body broken for you.’ Then Jesus took the cup, gave thanks, and said, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is My blood shed for you.’” The elders were ready to receive the elements for distribution.
As Amy was holding the piece of bread and tiny cup in her hands, prayer was flowing from her heart and lips. “Dear Jesus, the sacrifice You made was so great. My heart breaks at the thought of the suffering You endured…for me. You didn’t have to do it. But You chose to die on that cruel cross so that we could be together forever as family. I will not forget what You did for me. Thank You.” Placing the bread in her mouth, she began to chew while thinking only of Jesus. Placing the cup to her lips, she drank in the liquid that ran down her throat, just like the blood that ran down the cross.
Standing for the benediction, everyone clasped hands across the aisle for the closing prayer. They had supped together as family at a very special table set by our Lord Jesus. As the music was playing, the heartfelt expression of gratitude flowed from the people as they sang, “I’m so glad to be a part of the family of God.” For Amy, it is home sweet home.
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