“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ ” - Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV)
Communion is a practice meant to be observed over and over throughout the life of a Christian. It is a holy time of worship when we corporately come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us. We observe Communion because the Lord has told us to. We are to obey His commands.
In observing Communion, we are remembering Christ and all that He has done for us in his life, death and resurrec-tion. When observing Communion, we take time to examine ourselves:
“A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” - 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)
In observing Communion, we are proclaiming His death until He comes. It is then a statement of faith:
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV)
When we observe Communion, we show our participation in the body of Christ. His life becomes our life and we become members of each other
February’s Communion Offering to Missionaries Osias & Desiree
Osias, Desiree, and their son Nikko, were evacuated from Nicaragua last year due to civil unrest and sent to Argentina. Desiree’s job has extended to all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Osias’ work was expanded to include theological education in Central America and some training and travel in South America. Their son Nikko has finished kindergarten and started first grade in the U.S. and now in Honduras and is thriving in school. Their home is in Tegucigalpa (Honduras) and they are humbled by the opportunity to play a small role in partnering with what God is going in this region of the world.
In the midst of all of these transitions, they give thanks for the joy of new beginnings. They have discovered that wherever they are, God provides for them, and as long as they are together, that is “home”.
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” - 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NIV)
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