Around the Table

Today, I gave a farewell communion meditation at Jefferson Street Christian Church. It was our last time to worship and gather around the Lord’s Table with them before moving onto the next phase in our walk with Christ. Next Sunday will mark the beginning of our service at Henshaw Christian Church.

We will dearly miss those that we have come close to at JeffStreet and in Lincoln.

For anyone who might want benefit from the words I shared this morning, I am posting the manuscript form of the meditation. It omits off the cuff remarks about almost getting sucked into the Lincoln black hole and the stupidity of preaching the day after we arrive. The whole thing can be watched on JeffStreet’s uStream feed.

Without further delay:

Mi wife, Sarah and I have been attending JeffStreet for about 5.5 years. We came to Lincoln in 2007 so I could attend Seminary and be further equipped for ministry. We eventually settled in at JeffStreet and started being integrated into the life of the congregation.

During our stay here we have been blessed by preaching, well crafted worship services, children’s ministry, and the relationships we have formed. We have had people in this congregation bless us when we were in need, people who have given us guidance and support, and people who have prayed that we would be blessed with a ministry and move on from this place.

That day has come, this is our last Sunday at JeffStreet. This is our last Sunday to share in the Lord’s supper as a part of this body. Next sunday, I will be preaching my first sermon as the minister at Henshaw Christian Church in Kentucky. Though we are excited about the wonderful things God will do with us and through us in the next phase out our lives, we are grieved that we must say goodbye to you, at least for now. Our mutual hope in Christ informs us that we will meet again.

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,
28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)

On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, he sorrowfully informed his closest friends and followers that this was the last time they would share the fruit of the vine together on the earth, the last time they would feast here on earth in celebration of God’s deliverance of his people from death. But, it was not the last time they would feast. He pointed them to a greater, more glorious and more significant feast. One that would not be limited to a cramped upper room with a small number of people.

There is coming a day when God will conquer all of his and all of our enemies. All sin, idolatry, sadness, pain, and death will be done away with. On that day there will be a grand celebration when Christ comes to claim his bride.

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” (Rev 19:6-9)

Today, as we partake of the Lord’s supper, let us keep in mind that it is just a prelude to an even greater feast when Christ returns. Let us be reminded that though we may be separated by distance, death, or hardship, we will be reunited around His table when the Kingdom of God is fully established. Though today is the last day with which I get to commune with you on earth, it is not the last time we will meet around the table together.