Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/6/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Steve Morgan
Burden UMC
Wichita East District
Michael Marion
Wichita Calvary UMC
Wichita East District
Ashley Barlow-Thompson
Wichita Calvary UMC
Wichita East District
Jan Todd
KSU Doctorate Program Sociology
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Today's Devotional

A few weeks ago, communications administrative assistant Lisa Soukup wrote about how much her daughter loves Holy Communion. Her words took me back to my first appointment during my seminary days.

In one of the churches I served there was a little girl who also loved Holy Communion. Rebecca was about 2 years old when I first arrived in the parish. She didn’t (of course) understand what the Sacrament was all about – and some would say that she should not have been allowed to receive the Sacrament. But Rebecca knew that when there was a white napkin hiding a couple of objects on the altar something special was coming. It meant that there would be bread and grape juice served that morning – and Rebecca loved bread!

Her family usually sat in the first couple of pews in front of the chancel and as soon as I moved to the altar and uncovered the loaf and the cup to begin the Great Thanksgiving, Rebecca would begin to inch her way – on tippy toes – away from her parents and into the aisle. While she may not have understood what it was all about, Rebecca knew that there was something special coming – and she knew that Jesus loved her. By the time another year had passed, Rebecca was beginning to understand the basics of why we celebrate Holy Communion. But throughout the years I knew her, Rebecca continued to approach the table with the same eagerness she showed at age 2 – and not just because she was looking forward to eating bread.

When I preside at the Lord’s Table I enjoy watching the faces of people as they approach me to receive the Sacrament. Some adults approach the altar as if they are just going through the motions. Others approach with joy and peace written on their faces. But the children nearly always come with a look of awe and anticipation.

On this World Communion Sunday, when we join Christians around the world in the tradition which we, like Paul, have received from the Lord, I pray that each and every person who comes to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion this day will come with the joy and anticipation of a small child as we remember the new covenant we have in Christ Jesus. These are holy and awesome moments, as we remember Jesus’ gift of life.
 
--Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder  Hutchinson, Kansas

Prayer for Reflection

Come, Lord Jesus, and make us as enthusiastic as children in the sharing of the banquet you set before us this day, as we anticipate the day we will dine at your table in heaven. Amen.

 

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