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Date: Sun, 23 May 2010 03:59:06 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

A Simple Reminder
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

Where I preach in Lewisville, Texas we have a phone
tree software program that we use from time to time
when we need to get a message to everyone in the
church.

Today, I made a recording to inform our 450 families
about a funeral that will take place tomorrow. It is a
memorial service for a dear sister who has been a part
of the church here for many years.

The phone tree is the best way to get the message out
to every family, since not everyone uses email.

We use the phone tree sometimes to make announcements
concerning events that come up in between newsletters,
such as a death or a major surgery. The primary usage
of the phone tree is to call families and leave
reminders about special events.

We use it to remind our members about our Family
Vacation Bible School, a seminar, or a special Sunday
(i.e. Mission Sunday, Friends' Day, etc). It is a
simple tool, but it works very well as a great
reminder.

The Lord's Supper is a simple feast that serves as a
great reminder for the people of God. It helps us focus
on the fact that God loved the world so much that he
gave his only Son (John 3:16) and he did that even when
we were in sin (Romans 5:8).

We remember that God had a plan for his church before
he created the world (Ephesians 3:10-11), that Jesus
came into the world to save sinners (Luke 19:10), that
Jesus died for our sins, was raised the third day, and
he is now in Heaven serving as our mediator (1
Corinthians 4:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:5).

Jesus is also in Heaven preparing an eternal home for
us (John 14:1-3) and someday he will come again and
take us with him (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

The communion service is a powerful reminder that we
are united in Christ and that we have fellowship with
one another (1 John 1:7-9). Paul told the church at
Corinth that each time they gathered for the Lord's
Supper they were to eat the bread and drink the cup in
"remembrance" of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).

May God help us to use this powerful reminder to
strengthen our lives and to grow closer to our Lord. 

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