Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Oct 13, 2010
In 1999 the church I was serving designated a particular Sunday morning service for celebrating the lives of our shut-ins. Every effort was made to get them to the church that day. We highly encouraged their family to make arrangements but had volunteers step up where that didn’t work. After the
Jesus makes the statement “I am the bread of life.”
Disbelief sets in on the participants. Even though Jewish tradition and the Talmud had many teachings in Jewish schools on the phrases “eating and drinking” in a metaphorical sense.They criticize His choice of words, they get mad and angry and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 22, 2010
Former Convict and Judge Together at Communion
A large prosperous city church had three mission churches under its care that it had started. On the first Sunday of the New Year all the members of the mission churches came to the city church for a combined Communion service.
In those mission
Contributed by Rick Crandall on Apr 19, 2010
One of the most high and holy times I ever had in Ukraine was the Lord’s Supper service we had at the children’s camp in Kaniv. We were upstairs from the craft room that afternoon. Junk and dirty clothes were scattered everywhere around the room. Some people sat on rough benches, some sat on the
Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 17, 2012
Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Last Supper scene on a dining room wall in Milan. As a visitor stood viewing the finished work, he commented on the realism of several goblets on the table, exclaiming that they were so real he felt as though he could reach out and pick them up. Upon hearing those
Contributed by Herman Abrahams on Jul 23, 2005
ILLUSTRATION - Self Evaluation
State employment officials in Tucson, Arizona, posted an interesting sign over a full-length mirror. Directed to all job hunters, it read, “Would you hire this person?” In another office a mirror and sign posed this question: “Are
Contributed by David Thompson on Jul 30, 2005
You see we have the spiritual side of worship, the music we make with our hearts, the bread that represents the body of Christ, the covenant that the cup represents and, the blood of Christ.
And over here we have the physical side of worship. Actually eating the bread, and drinking the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 15, 2005
Three times a month, Jermaine Washington and Michelle Stevens get together for what they call a “gratitude lunch.” With good reason! Washington donated a kidney to Stevens, whom he described as “just a friend.” They met at work where they used to have lunch together. One day Michelle wept as she
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 7, 2006
Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Conrad Aiken (1889–1973), U.S. poet, novelist. Discordants (l. 1–4). . .
Oxford Book of American
Contributed by Darryl Bell on Apr 17, 2006
Roger Rose tells this story: When he was a boy more than 60 years ago, his young brother was fatally injured in a tragic accident. A dirt road ran alongside their house, and only on rare occasions would there be a car on it. But one day as his brother was crossing on his bike, a car came roaring
Contributed by Brian Atwood on Aug 26, 2006
As we observe communion today I’m reminded of Abbigail Johnson. I was just talking to her about baptism since, as many of you know, she just received Christ. What you may not know is that Abby was born prematurely ten years ago and needed a blood transfusion. Premature babies often don’t have
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 29, 2007
One traditional question Jewish children ask their father as part of the Passover dinner is "Ma Nishtana ha lei la haze," "Why is this NIGHT different than any other NIGHT." Dad then recounts the story of the Exodus.
Comedian George Burns, who was Jewish, tells this joke:
During one of my
The command to love God and love our neighbor is not new to Jesus. It comes right from Torah. The Pharisees had finessed that fundamental law right out of everyday life, but Jesus not only showed us that we can’t live without it, he took it to the limit when he loved us all the way
Contributed by Ronald Courtney on Sep 13, 2008
“I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” (President George W. Bush September 14, 2001 Ground Zero) For the last six years we have paused, on a personal level and on a national level to remember the events of
Disaster struck me one day when I was a boy. I don’t know where in the world my little sister came back to the house real dirty and smelly. Some type of dark sticky slimy stinky substance was all over her and she was crying up loud. She had tried to get rid of it by using her dirty hand and as you
Contributed by Jim Kane on Dec 3, 2008
In a recent conversation, a friend reminded me as we talked about forgiveness, that when someone was crucified, the charges against him (or her) were nailed to the cross so that it was made public as to the reason for the crucifixion.
In our main text, we read that Pilate, against the objection
Contributed by Danny Presswood on Jan 26, 2009
In his book, INVITATION TO THE FEAST, Danny Bush says “At the Passover meal with His disciples, directly before His death and resurrection, Jesus changed the meaning of that supper from a reminder of escape from slavery in Egypt to a reminder of the sacrifice He made that brings freedom from the
Baptism is called the “portal to all the sacraments,” but it is our participation in the Eucharistic sacrifice which perfects within us the gifts given to us at Baptism.” It is here that our Christian initiation–which is
The Eucharist has a “nuptial character. . .it is the sacrament of the Bridegroom and of the Bride.” Moreover, “the entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. . .Baptism. .
The sacraments are an essential element of Christ’s redemption of the world. They are a real foretaste, as the Holy Father writes, of the eschatological fulfilment