This Sunday morning, we will be observing one of our most cherished sacraments, the Lord’s Supper. Frequently I have heard Pastor Eric say that this observance binds all Christ followers together around the world. I never thought too much about that statement until I had the opportunity to experience it for myself.
Last spring, I traveled to Germany with my siblings to visit our “baby” brother and his wife. We were there over Easter Sunday and decided to attend services at a German-speaking, Lutheran church that was near my brother’s apartment. The eight of us arrived early and took our seats in the middle of this incredibly beautiful, 100-year-old church, hoping that we weren’t sitting in someone’s “regular” spot. The pastor came over and, in English, welcomed us. Once the service started, the only thing we understood was the brief greeting the pastor gave us in English in front of the congregation. Although we didn’t understand what was being said during the sermon, the content needed no translation… Jesus is Lord! One verse, Philippians 2: 10-11, kept going through my mind, “So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow…and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…”
At the end of the service, the pastor invited different sections of the church to come to the altar and partake in the Eucharist. Not knowing if it was accepted in this church’s culture for us to participate, we stayed in our seats. Finally, one of the congregants came and told us, in English, that it was okay for us to join the others at the altar if we wanted to. And so we did. Although the method of delivery of the sacraments was slightly different than we were used to, the meaning was clear… we were all God’s children partaking in a special remembrance of Jesus… His love, His sacrifice. As we joined hands, we were all united by a very special bond.
As you are participating in today’s observance, let’s remember our brothers and sisters in Christ from all around the world that are bonded to us by this very special commemoration.
Posted on Fri, October 11, 2019
by Kim Hayes