Daily Devotion Monday, August 27th

Monday, August 27, 2012 – Psalm 145; Job 4:1, 5:1-11, 17-21, 26-27; Acts 9:19b-31 and John 6:52-59

John 6:52-59 – 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.

This coming Sunday, I’ll once again be officiating at the Lord’s table. This is a privilege and something that carries with it a lot of responsibility. For this is the Table where we truly do remember our Lord’s death and resurrection until he comes again; for this is the table where we remember how our Lord’s body was given for us and how he shed his blood for all our sins; this is the table where we remember that we are to abide in God as God abides in us and have communion one with another.

I’d like to know some of your practices for preparing yourselves to receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Do you do anything special the morning before or the week before. Some of you are fortunate to be a part of a church that celebrates the sacrament every time you gather. I say fortunate for this is the practice I prefer, as the sacrament reminds me (every time I partake of it) of my constant need of God’s grace and love and of the sacrifice my Lord made for all of us.

Here are some practices you might consider as you prepare to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

You might take some time on Saturday or even on Sunday morning to meditate upon your need for God’s amazing love.

You might take time to read the gospel lesson that will be shared in worship. This coming Sunday’s (at least for us at Community Presbyterian Church) will be: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. Read it and listen for God speaking to you, as you prepare yourself to receive the sacrament.

You might want to meditate upon our Lord Jesus’ crucifixion for our sins; how he gave his life that we might have life.

O Lord, we thank you for giving your body, for dying that we might be freed of all our sins and given new life. We thank you for the gift of the sacrament where we may remember what you did for us and all people. What a great gift it is and how awesome that we can partake in it together. May I begin even now, to prepare myself to officiate at your table and then to also receive this wondrous gift you regularly give unto us and in return may I once again offer you my life, my whole life – body, soul and mind. Amen.

Psalm 145 –3   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable. …

8   The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9   The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.

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