Lord's Supper mini-series

Current series - Lord's Supper teaching

Eat, Pray, Share

Over the past two years we have looked at the invitation gives to his followers to remember his death and resurrection in the elements of bread and wine. Our practice for many decades has been for this to be a simple act added at the end of a worship service. But was this what Jesus intended when he met with his disciples in the upper room?

During 2017 as a church we agreed to introduce a different practice. Looking for ways that reflected the truths that the breaking of bread and sharing of the cup symbolise. Changing how we celebrate the Lord’s Supper was challenging for us. To help with this change we met quarterly as a whole church around tables. We also encouraged our small groups to share the Lord’s Supper and once a quarter we met together midweek.

This coming year we plan to return to our normal pattern of celebrating the Lord’s supper monthly as a church together including in each celebration an aspect of a meal together. To help us understand why, we will be spending three Sunday’s looking again at 5 key elements that are included in the Lord’s supper.

CWR have recently produced a new resource called Eat, Pray, Share and they focus on the very themes we taught in 2017. Under the headings: Community, Commemoration, Covenant, Celebration and Commitment. We will use these headings and the booklet they have written for small groups. In this booklet are daily readings that provide further reflections and teachings. We would commend this booklet to you and would encourage you to take a copy. They have been bought by the church and if you would like to donate to the cost of this we suggest £3.00 per booklet.

In the introduction to the booklet Mick Brooks writes “Let’s explore the most amazing table of all, a prelude to this great feast to come. I hope that it will change what for some may have become ritual and routine, to be revived and refreshed.” As an eldership we echo those words.

January 7th

Lord’s supper as Community and Commemoration

January 14th

Lord’s supper as Covenant and Celebration

January 21st

Lord’s supper as Commitment

January 28th

We celebrate the Lord’s supper together. “Peace with God”

 

 

Previous series - Advent

We're going to be looking at three words relating to the Advent season as we prepare for Christmas:

MYSTERY

POWER

PRESENCE

and we'll see how as the Nativity unfolds that the wonderful unity of God's Word shows us how He works today.

03.12.2017: Luke 1:34 - Mystery: "God has made known to us the mystery of His will" - but what did this mean for Mary and Joseph, and what does it mean for us in the 21st century?

10.12.2017: Luke 1:37 - Power: "His incomparably great power for us who believe" - the mystery has been revealed but how can this be? How big is your God?

17.12.2017: Luke 1:46 - Presence: "My soul glorifies the Lord" - God's presence brings peace to God’s new community, so that Christ "may dwell in your hearts through faith" and we can "be imitators of God therefore, as dearly loved children."