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Day 23 of Lent 2020

1 Corinthians 11:26

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Ray 2020Today is Day 23 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan. I pray that we have all kept up with the reading each day. If not – try to catch up! Yesterday was a catch up day. I appreciate this walk to the cross. It is not hard or long – and will give us a good insight into the walk that Jesus made for us.

It may be some time before we worship together. I’m thinking – whatever Sunday that will be – we will celebrate Holy Communion. As we remember the Last Supper that Jesus had with His disciples – we will remember our connection with Christ and with each other. It will be a special time before the Lord and we hope that all will attend that first Sunday back (whenever that will be). Plans are being made to make this a unique service. (By the way – we are also making plans to celebrate Easter on the second Sunday back.)

Today’s passage is about that last supper and reminds us to treat it with respect. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. I can’t wait until we can share it together. I hope it is sooner rather than later. Continue reading

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World-Wide Communion Sunday – 10/6/19

1 Corinthians 11:24

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.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amThis Sunday is World-Wide Communion Sunday. What that means is that most – if not all-Christian churches around the world – will celebrate communion on that given Sunday – the first Sunday of October – no matter their traditions – in a sense of ecumenical connection. It is always a special Sunday – remembering Christ – His life – His death – and His resurrection – with other Christians. I always enjoy celebrating Holy Communion – the Eucharist – or the Lord’s Supper – it goes by many names in different traditions.

As some of our readers know – I am at a season of life and ministry – when I’m not sure when I will be celebrating my last special day in a given year. Will this be my last World-Wide Communion Sunday – as a lead pastor? Will it be my last Advent – Christmas – Lent – Easter – Pentecost – and so on. Will I retire this year or next or the following or when? Will I be with Jesus – eternally – before the next season arrives? Yes – I do think about such things.

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Day 44 of Lent 2018

John 13:12

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.

Today is day 44 of the 47 Days of Lent reading plan (Sundays don’t count in the 40 days of Lent). I hope you have stayed with us – this is Holy Week. Today’s passage is about Jesus washing His disciples feet. Jesus humbled Himself – taking the task of the lowest of servants – washing the feet of His disciples.

Lent is typically a time to give something up – to stop a bad habit – to deny self – to dig deeper into our walk with Jesus. Today we continue to look at a passage that will lead us to the cross and to the resurrection. Let us focus on Jesus this week – more than usual. Let us identify with the walk and the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us. Jesus came to earth – voluntarily – to walk to the cross. The Father turned all power over to Him – and yet He humbled Himself to wash His disciples’ feet. Continue reading

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Day 26 of Lent 2018

Luke 22:19-20

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Today is Day 26 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan on www.youversion.com. It is an open day – a day to catch up on our reading plan. Go back and see if there are any days you have missed reading the daily reading. I appreciate this walk to the cross and pray that you do too. It has been a blessing for me to write and read each day as it pops up on my e-mail.

Holy week is coming – we pray that you will take time to attend the special services that week – Palm Sunday through Easter. We will remember Palm Sunday – Holy or Maundy Thursday – Good Friday – Easter Sunrise and Easter morning with services to worship our Lord!  Plan now to attend. Continue reading

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Remember Jesus

1 Corinthians 11:24

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.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgYesterday was World Wide Communion Sunday. What that means is that most if not all-Christian churches around the world celebrate communion on that given Sunday – the first Sunday of October – no matter their traditions – in a sense of ecumenical connection. It is always a special Sunday – remembering Christ – His life – His death – and His resurrection – with other Christians. I always enjoy celebrating Holy Communion – the Eucharist – or the Lord’s Supper – it goes by many names in different traditions.

As some of our readers know – I have been out for a week recovering from surgery and so I missed World Wide Communion Sunday for the first time in my entire ministry. I’m so thankful for an elder in our denomination that attends our church filling in for me as the church celebrated communion yesterday.  The surgery is the reason I missed putting out a devotional thought on Thursday and Friday of last week if anyone was wondering.  I had gotten Monday through Wednesday on the server before I went to surgery but missed two days last week. Continue reading

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