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Time: 10:00 A.M.
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You are better off (or you may have to) download the Zoom App [https://zoom.us/download]. If you need help, on the website there are support articles and videos; if you are stuck, ask your child, grandchild, a friend to help you - it's not very difficult; it's just getting used to something new (just like how you transitioned from the hand dial telephone to your mobile!).
This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, and we celebrate the Lord's Table (or Communion) together on that Sunday. What are we going to do? We certainly won't forfeit the opportunity! So, we are going to do it the old fashioned way (i.e. the Early Church that met in people's homes before there were Church Buildings). You are going celebrate this at your homes! I will lead, and you will follow. I Peter 2:9 calls everyone of us a "royal priesthood". This ordinance is a celebration, a memorial, a remembrance of Jesus sacrifice - and so very simply, we can all do it and maintain its sacredness.
To prepare for this, here are my recommendations:
- prior to the Worship Service starting, create an 'altar' - a space where you can place the symbols for the bread and the cup [it could be a desk, your dining table, etc.].
- Being symbols, don't get legalistic; these are meant to represent. If you have any form of bread (i.e. crackers, bread, pita, etc.) - it will suffice; for the "cup", if you have grape juice, wine, etc ... anything liquid, it will suffice. Make sure you and your family have designated the 2 things to be representative of the elements that we will be referring to during that time together
- After the Sermon, I will lead you in the remembrance: follow the cues! I will first pray for the bread - and you'll participate; if you are alone, obviously you will finish quicker than a family of 5, or the Heim family! Who ever is leading in your home - make sure you pass it around and be the last one to take. After the bread is done, I'll do the same with the cup.
- the key to keeping it sacred for yourself and others is (a) don't rush, (b) be contemplative, (c) worship God in your heart with gratitude, and (d) remember the Body of Christ, i.e. others that are celebrating this with you; from the start to the finish ... be in a prayerful spirit.
Don't wait till Sunday morning to figure out whether you have whatever you are going to use for the bread and the cup; if you have young children at home, this is a good teaching/learning opportunity for you as parents - prepare them ahead of time. Do you realize that in many parts of the world where the Church is a persecuted one ... families regularly do this by themselves, and that too in secrecy! Let's embrace this opportunity and make our homes a mini "church"! If you have any questions on doing this on Sunday, please get in touch with me and I will be glad to answer any of your questions or concerns.
- Joseph Thomas