Nov. 29th Communion Letter

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Dear Family at Christ Community,

    The Advent Season begins this coming Sunday, and we will focus on the birth of Jesus from The Gospel According to Matthew in Chapters 1 and 2 over the four Sundays before Christmas. While there are a number of different traditional ways to recognize and celebrate the purpose and meaning of the Advent of Jesus the Christ, the Lord’s Supper seems to be one of the most thorough and meaningful. The table serves as a reminder of the meager means in which our Savior King entered into the world. Just as we have a common table with modest elements, Jesus was born under modest conditions to a young, previously unknown virgin and a faithful working man both of mixed lineage. After Jesus’ birth, they dwelt in a common manger where this Davidic King was to be celebrated by shepherds and pagan astrologers. The humiliation that He endured in the fullness of His humanity finds its representation in the broken bread and poured out cup. The purpose for which He was named “Yahweh Saves” finds its celebrated fulfillment in the Lord’s Table. The entire purpose of the Advent of Jesus is summarized in the very name of our participation in this sacred supper: communion. As we take the bread and drink from the cup in union with Christ, we are confessing and being nourished in our faithful communion with God our Father. Reconciliation with God through our redemption in Christ as sons and daughters is the reason for the celebration of Advent Season! Charles Wesley reflects this truth profoundly in the first stanza of his Advent hymn, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”; 

"Hark the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled"

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim:

"Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark! The herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!"

   

    As you take the time to prepare for communion this Sunday, consider what your expectations are for the Advent Season. Are you expecting God to be glorified in and through the person and work of Jesus Christ as represented in your life? Are you expecting to have opportunities to serve as an ambassador of the King who has come to save God’s children for which you will need the nourishment of the Table? Are you expecting the possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation in places and in people for which it just doesn’t seem logically possible? May our expectations for this Advent Season be established and nourished by the Lord’s Table and what it represents above all else!

In Christ,

Cameron