A Humble Honor

May 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

The body of Christ, broken for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

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One of my best friends got married last summer. She and her husband decided to include the act of Communion in the ceremony. Not just for the two of them to receive, the invitation was to all worshipers of Christ who were present. I have taken communion before, of course. But never had I received the elements from a bride. My best friend and her husband were the ones distributing the elements; they, in their place of honor, chose to be the servants of all who were present. The image and act were powerful beyond words.

It was also the first time that I looked the one holding the elements in the eyes as they said to me:

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The body of Christ, broken for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

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I asked our good friend Julie Blakely to tell me about her experience distributing the elements on a Sunday morning at RLF:

When Dave and I were asked to serve communion, it was truly a moment of realization that it was an opportunity to serve for Christ in a very meaningful way. Communion means dining with and for Christ for me. I have had some very deep spiritual times that involved communion. We are called in Second Corinthians 5 to be ambassadors in the ministry of reconciliation. What a humble honor and responsibility. To proclaim the same words that Jesus did during the last supper and looking in the eyes of those whom you are serving is truly a joy to my heart.

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The body of Christ, broken for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

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“What a humble honor and responsibility.” Is God asking you to step into Communion in a new way?

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