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A Reminder of What the Kingdom will Be Like...

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ESV

For me, communion is the most important time of our worship.

I am grateful that we have communion weekly. It is not unusual for me to have communion multiple times a week, but having communion with the gathered community is always a special time for me. When we become one through the body and blood of our Lord, I am moved beyond explanation. It is a priceless experience we can only receive within the gathered community of believers, the church.

There was a time in my faith journey quickly. It always seemed to drag on. We have been timing our worship recently. It takes us on average ten to twelve minutes for communion. Our goal is efficiency, but without taking away anyone’s experience as they kneel at the rail. So you may have noticed some recent changes as we explore the most efficient way for us to come together at the Lord’s Table.

Years ago, I never thought much about communion, but as I have grown in my faith, I spend more time reflecting on it.

I think communion reminds us that Jesus ate his final meal with his friends… and his enemy.

I think communion shows us how to serve one another.

I think communion gives us hope for the return of Christ as we recite, “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”

I think communion is a reminder of what the Kingdom will be like.

I think when we gather at the altar with others and kneel down to receive the body and blood of Christ that we are in communion with Christ and with others. We are no longer just an individual.

Do we gather to make church cool?
Do we gather to make the unchurched feel welcomed?
Do we gather for an awesome worship experience?
Do we gather for a sermon that makes us think?
Do we gather to spend time with our friends?
Yes!!!

And Holy Communion puts it all together as friends and enemies share the peace of the Lord and kneel together to receive the body and blood that makes them one with our Lord Jesus Christ.

In communion, Christ’s Kingdom is experienced.
In communion, the church finds its hope.
In communion, Christ is present and exalted.
And we are one. Praise be to God. Amen

In Christ,

—Pastor Ernie

news & events

July 9Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 AM at Gregg’s BBQ in Statesville.

July 10WINGS Exec Board Meeting

Friday, July 10: WINGS Exec Board Meeting @ 9:30 am, Conference Room

July 11Community Breakfast

8 AM—10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations to benefit local charities.

July 12 - July 15Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is Sunday, July 12—Wednesday, July 15. A light supper will be served at 6:00 pm with classes for all ages (nursery-adult) from 6:35 — 8:00 pm. There is a program for children and also separate classes for women and men. The overall theme is Jesus at Work through Us, based on 1 John 4:19: We love because He first loved us.

August 15Spa Day

Saturday, August 15: Spa Day, 8:30 am — 1:00 pm; Theme: Branded: Women of God

August 18Bloodmobile

Tuesday, August 18: Bloodmobile, in fellowship hall; 2-6:30 pm

August 28 & 29Lay Minister's Equipping Seminar

St. John’s will be hosting a Lay Minister’s Equipping Seminar on August 28 & 29. This 2-day seminar is offered to those interested in becoming a Lay Minister, or those who wish to know more about this caring ministry. Mark your calendars and prayerfully consider if this is a ministry for you. Details can be found on the Lay Ministry bulletin board outside the office, soon. See Marianne Wiegman for more information.

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services

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Sunday, July 5

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

Thursday, July 9

7:00 am Men’s Breakfast @ Greg’s BBQ
12:00 pm Lunch, Scripture and Prayer-Fellowship Hall

Friday, July 10

VBS Setup

Saturday, July 11

8:00 am Community Breakfast
10:15 am Christian Ed Meeting
11:00 am VBS Setup

Sunday, July 12—ICM Collection Day

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

Vacation Bible School Begins—through July 15

6:00 pm VBS Supper
6:35 pm VBS Classes for all ages
Camp Discovery (nursery-10th Grade)
Proverbs 31 Woman (women)
Dare To Be Uncommon (men)



 

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