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Communion Letter: Nov. 17th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will celebrate the beginning of our Advent Series in Revelation 1-7 and our commitment to grow as servants of Christ by coming to the Lord's Table. The elements of the table will help nourish our faith as we live between the comings of Christ as His kingdom of priests for God's use and glory in a fallen world. While the t...

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Communion Letter: Oct. 20th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will come to the Lord's Table seeking the benefits bestowed by the Holy Spirit alone in Christ alone by faith alone through God's grace alone as our worship centers on Joel 2:28-32. One of the many benefits of having the Holy Spirit poured out upon us in union with Christ is the transformation of the ordinary means of ...

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Communion Letter: Oct. 6th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will have the freedom in Christ to receive nourishment in the Spirit from God's Word and the Lord's Table. In further revelation of Joel 2:12-17, the elements will remind us that the Lord our God who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love has in fact relented from judging us in our sin ...

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Communion Letter: Sept. 8th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will partake of the sacramental means of grace at the Lord's Table. We will need the spiritual power represented by the broken bread and overflowing cup as Paul calls us to be strong in the Lord and stand firm clad in the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20. The nourishment that we receive in the power of the Holy Spirit...

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Communion Letter: Aug. 18th

Dear Family at Christ Community, As we gather for worship on Sunday, we thankfully get the opportunity to taste again and see that the Lord remains good to His people. Paul continues his imperative challenges to us in Ephesians 5:15-21 as he calls us to walk wisely and carefully seeking to understand the will of the Lord and to be filled with the Spirit to encourage o...

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Communion Letter: Aug. 4th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will come yet again to the Lord's Table to witness anew this display of God's inexhaustible feast of grace and mercy in Christ! As Paul calls us in Ephesians 4:25-5:2 to put off the particular sinful ways of thinking and habits that were killing us and put on the characteristics of God in Christ for the benefit of our ne...

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Communion Letter: July 28th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will gather to celebrate the goodness of God to us through the redemption accomplished and applied in Jesus Christ. As part of our celebration in Ephesians 4:17-24, we will feast on the truth that the old way of sin and death has passed away in the death of Jesus and the newness of life has been poured out on us in the re...

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Communion Letter: July 7th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we have the opportunity to be strengthened in our faith in Christ by the means of grace offered in worship. Paul's prayer for the Ephesian saints in Ephesians 3:14-21 will serve as the golden thread for our service. Just as he prayed for them to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in their understanding and practice o...

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Communion Letter: June 9th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will gather as family for whom the dividing wall of hostility has been broken down in Christ Jesus. While this doesn't mean that we cease to struggle relationally, it does mean that true peace is possible through the person and work of Christ. He has granted us every means of grace and spiritual blessing necessary to be...

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Communion Letter: May 26th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we will celebrate Christ's cosmic victory and eternal reign in our gathered worship. Through Ephesians 1:15-23, we will hear Paul's declaration of Christ's cosmic victory and reign as the firm and eternal foundation from which we grow in love for others and knowledge of God. The Lord's Table will help to make these g...

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Communion Letter: May 5th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will begin our current series "Paul's Letter to the Ephesians: Life in Christ, Life in the World" this coming Sunday. Our time in worship will focus on the beginning, 1:1-2, and the end, 6:21-24, in which we will behold the golden thread of God's grace and peace in Christ that runs throughout the letter. The grace and peace supplied...

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Communion Letter: April 21st

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Easter Sunday we will celebrate the now and not yet resurrected reality that was accomplished in the person and work of Christ through His death and resurrection! Through Isaiah 61, we will praise the Anointed Servant Jesus who has delivered to us the good news of our freedom and calling in Him to be architects and ambassadors of ...

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Communion Letter: April 7th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will receive the grand assurance of our pardon from the 3rd and 4th stanzas of the Fourth Suffering Servant Song in Isaiah 53:4-9. In these poetic verses, Isaiah declares our redemption through Jesus' undeserved suffering and death that exalts us to undeserved peace and healing in eternal life. Jesus chose to die that w...

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Communion Letter: Mar. 17th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we will begin a new sermon series for this Easter season in Isaiah 52, 53, and 61. Through this series, we will engage the passion of Christ in Isaiah's Suffering Servant prophecies. We will begin with Isaiah 52:1-6 where God calls His people then and now to awake from their stupor, arise to newness of life, rest fre...

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Communion Letter: Mar. 10th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will gather together this Sunday to celebrate God's love for us and His call for us to love others as He has loved us. As part of our worship in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, we will bear tangible witness to God's love in the Lord's Table. We will see yet again the evidence of His love in the broken bread that represents Jesus' body given f...

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Communion Letter: Feb. 17th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we have the nourishing gift of the Lord's Table set before us as part of our worship in John 15:18-27. The broken bread and cup overflowing serve as critical elements in Christ's assured comfort to us that He has in fact overcome the world. Given the opposition of the world to we who bear the image in union with Christ, this...

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Communion Letter: Jan. 20th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we will gather to hear, confess, sing, and bear witness about Jesus Christ as the bread of eternal life. As part of our worship, we will receive the bread and cup from the Lord's Table that proclaims that Jesus is the all-satisfying and sufficient Savior given to us according to the sovereign love and grace of God as...

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Communion Letter: Jan. 6th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will begin a new sermon series on the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John this Sunday. As part of our beholding of the Lamb and Son of God in and through our worship, we will partake of the Lord's Table. The broken bread and abundant cup, though common elements, make visible in the power of the Holy Spirit the rede...

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Communion Letter: Dec. 30th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday will be the last in our Advent Series from Genesis as we delve into God's restoration and transformation of Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 17. In Genesis 16, it appeared that the axe had been laid to the root of the covenant tree through the sin of Abram and Sarai. However, God reveals yet again His persist...

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Communion Letter: Nov. 18th

Dear Family at CCC, This Sunday we will finish our series through 1 2 Peter and celebrate the Lord's Supper together. Our status as elect exiles means that Peter's closing call that we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ is both comforting and urgent. It is comforting because our electionGod's choosing usassures us that He loves us and really wi...

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Communion Letter: Oct. 28th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will have the opportunity this Sunday to celebrate the Father's love for us as beautifully displayed in the Lord's Table. Through the broken bread, we will witness God's genuine desire to see us as His children set free from the burdens of shame and guilt so that we could stand before Him in His grace. In the cup overflowing, we will ...

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Communion Letter: Oct. 14th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will have the chance to remember God's great love for us as displayed in the Lord's Table. We will be invited to taste and see yet again the goodness of the Lord to us in and through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as Peter calls for the saints throughout the ages to remember the indicatives and imperat...

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Communion Letter: Sept. 16th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will have the opportunity this Sunday to gather together and commune with Christ at His Table through the broken bread and abundant cup. These nourishing elements help to empower us in the Holy Spirit to also commune with Christ in His suffering for the sake of the life of the world. In 1 Peter 4:12-19, Peter calls for us to "rejoic...

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Communion Letter: September 2

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will gather together to celebrate the victory of Jesus Christ over death and all of its associated powers. Our focal text will be 1 Peter 3:18-22 which contains one of more complex set of verses in the Bible. Martin Luther's comment on 1 Peter 3:19-20 captures the complexity in his confession that, "A wonderful text is t...

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Communion Letter: Aug. 12th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will have the privilege of partaking of the Lord's Table. The Table invites us to reflect upon the fact that we are the free sons and daughters of God. In Christ, we are free from all condemnation, no matter what our present circumstances may be. We have been invited to feast upon Christ, who has been given all rule and au...

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Communion Letter: July 22nd

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will gather to be nourished by the word read, confessed, prayed, sung, preached, and witnessed in the Lord's Table. In 1 Peter 1:13-21, our sermon text, Peter transitions from the foundational indicatives of God's redeeming love for us to the imperatives of how then we should live in response to God's love. We will be cha...

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Communion Letter for July 1st

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will begin our new sermon series The Pilgrim Letters: 1st and 2nd Peter this coming Sunday. It is good for us to be nourished by the bread and cup as we begin this journey to remind us of what ultimately defines us both now and in the resurrection to come. Edmund Clowney in The Message of 1 Peter: The Way of the Cross describes us a...

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Communion Letter for June 17th

Dear Family at Christ Community, As we conclude our series in Malachi this Sunday, we will again partake of the Lord's Table. The Table is a means of God's grace and through it He helps us to cling to Jesus. Clinging to Jesus is sometimes the best way to describe our Christian experience. We may be going through difficulties that tempt us to question, as the Israelite...

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Communion Letter: May 20th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will hear from Malachi 2:17 3:5 and share in the Lord's Table. This Table invites us to reflect on our privileged position as God's people and to know the truth of the indicative spoken over God's people in Malachi 1:2, "I have loved you." The Table is a firm answer to the doubt we sometimes feel about the truth of this...

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Communion Letter: April 29th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday our worship will focus on the first imperative challenge in Malachi 1:6-14. Malachi challenged Israel (and the Holy Spirit challenges us) to examine the attitude and heart behind their worship. The questions that rise from the text are worthy of our consideration as we prepare for the Lord's Table. Do we think that God shou...

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Communion Letter: April 15th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will start our new sermon series The Burden of Malachi: God's Unchanging Love for His Unstable People. As part of our worship, we will celebrate God's love for us in the death and resurrection of Christ as displayed in the Lord's Table. Malachi's burden is to share with God's people His unchanging love for them. Ultimately, it is Go...

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Communion Letter: March 25th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will be confronted with the crucifixion, death, and burial of Christ inMatthew 27:32-66 which will prepare us well to receive the elements from the Lord's Table. We will taste of the broken bread that represents Christ's body so brutally broken for us and drink of the cup which reflects Jesus' shed blood so freely poured ou...

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Communion Letter: March 4th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will begin our Easter Series on Sunday in Matthew 26:17-46 and with the Lord's Table. In both, God will declare that it is He who has first and lavishly loved us. In both, Jesus will welcome us to feast on the Word being nourished by all its benefits. In both, the Spirit will empower us to worship the Lord our God and love those a...

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Communion Letter: February 25th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will receive the nourishment of the word from Jeremiah 29:1-14 and from the bread and cup to encourage and equip us to be missional in the everyday circumstances of life. We will be reminded by the word read, confessed, prayed, sung, preached, and witnessed in the Lord's Table that we can do this because of what God has ...

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Communion Letter: Feb. 11th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we have the opportunity to taste of the Lord's grace and mercy afresh as we are invited to His Table. Psalm 96 will call for us who have tasted of the Lord's goodness to sing to the Lord a new song in celebration of His salvation before all the earth. We are to do so in hopes of the nations joining our worship along with Cre...

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Communion Letter: Jan. 21st

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we will celebrate the Lord's Table together as our worship focuses on Psalm 72. This psalm closes Book Two of the Psalter and celebrates the coming of the King who will bring to full fruition the resultant blessings of Psalms 1 and 2. At long last, Creation will be governed with justice and righteousness! At long las...

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Communion Letter: Dec. 26th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On the last Sunday of 2017, we have the Lord's Table to look forward to as we conclude our Advent Series. In John 2:1-12, Jesus performs His first miracle at the wedding in Cana as He turns the water in the jars for Jewish purification rites into the finest of wines. This miracle frees the master of the feast and the newly married coup...

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Communion Letter: Dec. 3rd

Dear Family at Christ Community, Next Sunday we will celebrate the Lord's Table as part of our Advent worship in John 1:4-13. Advent can be a difficult season for many of us as we deal with the various burdens that come with the holidays that often lead us away from the comforting light of the Gospel. It can feel like we are caught in a whirlwind and can't seem to cat...

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Communion Letter: Nov. 12th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will conclude our current series this Sunday as we engage Colossians4:2-18. As part of our worship, we will come to the Lord's Table together to be nourished so as to walk in the power of the resurrection as Paul has encouraged us throughout his letter to the Colossians. The broken bread will help remind us of our deliverance from t...

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Communion Letter: Oct. 22nd

Dear Family at Christ Community, Our time of worship on Sunday will focus on Colossians 3:5-11 in which Paul commands us to put to death what is earthly within us through the power of our resurrected union with Christ. We have the opportunity to respond in part by partaking of the Lord's Table. What a glorious reminder that before we can act on any command or call to ...

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Communion Letter: Oct. 1st

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will hear from Colossians 2:8-15 and partake of the Lord's Table. The bread and the cup signify and seal upon our hearts the fact that we have been filled in Christ. We were once dead, unclean, and outside God's fellowship. But in Jesus, God has made us alive, clean,and brought us near to Him. The elements of the Table hel...

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Communion Letter: Sept. 10th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will worship in Colossians 1:21-23 and celebrate the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ in and through the Lord's Table. The bread and cup signify our eternal reconciliation to God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Though we were once alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, Jesus made peace for us by th...

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Communion Letter: August 20th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will celebrate the Lord's Table together as we begin the Letter to the Colossians. The broken bread and offered cup humbly display both the sufficiency and the supremacy of Christ which serves as the main theme for Colossians. The broken body of Christ proved sufficient to pay for all of our sins and satisfy the wrath ...

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Communion Letter: July 9th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We have the opportunity this Sunday to rejoice again through the bread and cup at what Christ has sown so that we could reap eternal life. As our worship focuses on Hosea 10, the prophet will challenge us in verse 12 to "sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord,...

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Communion Letter: June 18th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will have the privilege of partaking of the Lord's Supper. This means of grace visibly represents and seals upon our hearts the reality of our union and fellowship with Jesus. It is by union with Jesus that we are saved from the wrath to comesinners though we werebecause He has stood in our place and bore the penalty our s...

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Communion Letter: May 28th

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will again celebrate Jesus' covenant faithfulness to us His bride, the church, as signified and sealed in the Lord's Table. The broken bread and full cup calls us to praise the Bridegroom's past fidelity to our justification, His present provision for our sanctification, and the future guarantee of our resurrected glorifi...

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Communion Letter: May 7th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will be reminded of Christ's work to make us God's people though we were once not God's people as we receive the elements from the Lord's Table. We, like we will read and hear from Hosea 1:2-11, once forsook God's historical warnings, offered mercy, and covenant love as we declared that we were not His people and He is n...

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Communion Letter: April 9th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will partake of the Lord's Table. As we approach the cross of Jesus in our time hearing from Mark's Gospel we learn again how necessary this meal is for sinners like us. One of the sobering realities we have observed in Mark is the repeated failures of the disciples to listen, trust and obey. Like them, we have seen time...

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Communion Letter: Mar. 19th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will have the privilege of celebrating the Lord's Supper. As we heard from God's Word last week, the Lord's Supper visibly reminds us of what the Gospel gives to us Jesus Himself. It also physically confirms that the Gospel is a reality operative in our lives if we have received Jesus by faith through grace. In these natu...

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Communion Letter: Mar. 5th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will begin our sermon series The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Mark for the Easter season this Sunday. It is fitting that we would celebrate the Lord's Table together as we embark on a journey through the betrayal, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ in Mark's Gospel over the next few weeks. The bread and cup will remind us...

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Communion Letter: Feb. 12th

Dear Family at Christ Community, As we continue our series, Grace in Unexpected Places, we will be in Numbers 21:4-9 on Sunday. This brief story of the Israelite's last episode of grumbling in the wilderness displays both the cost of sin and God's enduring grace. We will have the privilege of celebrating the healing of our sin and the overthrow of death in Christ as s...

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Communion Letter: Jan. 22

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will begin our new series, Grace in Unexpected Places, in Genesis 3 this Sunday. As part of our worship, we will come to the Lord's Table together seeking nourishment from the broken bread and filled cup. We need to be reminded of our forgiveness and newness of life in Christ so as to endure temptation, survive our sins, and do the ...

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Communion Letter: Jan. 8th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will have another opportunity to partake of the Lord's Supperthe sign and seal of our union and communion with Jesus. We will also hear from Acts 6 and 1 Timothy 3 about the office of and qualifications for deacons. In these things we have the opportunity to see and reflect upon the wisdom and mercy of God. We see the...

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Communion Letter: January 1st

Dear Family at Christ Community, As we conclude the Advent series in Luke and begin a New Year, we have the blessed opportunity to celebrate the Lord's Table together as family. The broken bread and cup overflowing remind us of the death and resurrection of Christ as well as granting us hope for the future. Our hope is born of our ability to walk in newness of life in...

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Communion Letter: Dec. 11th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will have the opportunity to celebrate the most amazing of gifts: our redemption, forever accomplished by the finished work of Christ. Compared to so much of the glam and glitter that deck the halls at this time of year, the bread and the cup are remarkably simple. Like Mary, they are humble and ordinary. And yet, also li...

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Communion Letter: Nov. 27th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we have the opportunity to again partake of the Lord's Table. In the bread and cup God has provided for us a sign and seal of the work of Christ on our behalf. It is a reminder and a ratification of the redemption secured for us by Jesus's death and resurrection. By this means of grace God renews and strengthens our f...

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Communion Letter for Nov. 13th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We approach the Lord's Table this Sunday as a people eternally united by two historic realities: the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The bread and cup serve as tangible reminders of our sure unity in Christ alone. The broken bread points us back to the death of Christ at the hands of selfishly corrupt religious leaders and fearful...

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Communion Letter, Oct. 30th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we will have the chance to taste and see yet again that the Lord is good as we come to the Lord's Table! As we handle and taste the broken bread, we will be reminded of our total, life-changing forgiveness through Christ's broken body. As we hold and drink the offered cup, we remember our newness of life in the New Cov...

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Communion Letter, Oct. 16th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We have the privilege this Sunday to celebrate yet again the victory of Christ over sin and death as we come to the Lord's Table. The truths signified in the broken bread and cup of the new covenant should be particularly comforting to us given the weight of the prophecies from Daniel 7 last Sunday and Daniel 8 this Lord's Day Sabbath....

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Communion Letter, October 2nd

Dear Family at Christ Community, On Sunday, we will have the opportunity to celebrate the fully finished redemptive work of Christ on our behalf. Our time of worship will focus on the familiar story from Daniel 6 of Daniel in the lion's den. As with so many stories from the Old Testament, we can be so familiar with them that we miss how they connect to Christ. Iain M....

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Communion Letter: September 11th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This coming Sunday we will celebrate the past, present, and future work of Jesus Christ as represented in the Lord's Table. As we behold and partake of the bread and cup, we will have the opportunity to give thanks for redemption both accomplished by Christ and applied to the whole of our lives in the power of the Spirit. The totality ...

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Communion Letter: August 28th

Dear Family at Christ Community, We will take the time on Sunday to remember the work and governance of Jesus Christ by celebrating the Lord's Table together. As we begin our series in Daniel and wrestle with a biblical perspective on politics and governance amid our current political and cultural circumstances, we will need a tangible reminder of the kingly reign and...

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Communion Letter July 17th

On Sunday, we will participate in proclaiming the Lord's death until he comes again by celebrating the Lord's Supper together. In the broken bread and poured out cup, we remember the death of Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and the blood of the new covenant providing newness of life. Entrance to the table is based solely on our true repentance from...

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Communion Letter: June 26th

Dear Family at Christ Community, This Sunday we will again be reminded of the merciful and gracious forgiveness that has been afforded to us through the broken body and shed blood of Christ as we celebrate the Lord's Table together as family. The common elements of bread and cup will point us graciously to Christ's payment of our incalculable debt due to God. The gravit...

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Communion Letter for May 22nd

As we approach the Lord's Table this Sunday, we should soberly consider Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 5 in preparation for the elements of grace in light of what is going on in the world around us and how we have been challenged in worship over the last few weeks. In this passage, Paul addresses a difficult set of circumstances in the Corinthian church that would not b...

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