Great Plains Daily Devotional for 12/22/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Ashley Morgan Kirk
High School Pastor
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Glen Shoup
Executive Director of Programming
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Anne Williams
Associate Pastor
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District
Darryl Burton
Associate Pastor & Miracle of Innocence Ministry
Leawood: UM Church of the Resurrection
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Throughout Advent, we will read the book of Luke together.  You are invited to pause for a few minutes, quite your soul and read contemplatively Luke 22.

Today's Devotional

After reading the entire chapter, pause and read the highlighted verses below for further reflection.
Today‘s focus is on verses Luke 22:14-20.
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
  1. No other act of worship has moved the church through the centuries as much as Holy Communion.  We stand in the presence of mystery and wonder.  Christ came to us as a servant, to be Emmanuel, God’s presence with us. He humbled himself in a child in a manger, lived among us, set a table before us and freely accepted death on a cross. How does Holy Communion help you to celebrate Christmas?  
  1. The span of the table invites all who earnestly seek him and want to follow Christ. Who are you inviting this Christmas to partake of this amazing meal and celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus?
On social media — either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram —share an image and/or your reflections on today’s chapter. Please share only images that you have taken or for which you own the rights.  Be sure to include the hashtags #GPUMCAdvent and #Luke22 as we reflect together in community.

Prayer for Reflection

O God, we read of the Last Supper in Jesus’ last days and we remember Christ’s birth in a few days. So help us in this season, to join with those throughout time and space to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of your Son.  Help us to invite others to join in your unending feast. Amen.


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