Thoughts on Communion

Good morning,

2019 is here!  I imagine that many of you are struggling with the “back to reality” feeling that I have today.  Here’s the good news – we gain 44 seconds of daylight today!  Enjoy it!

On Sunday we will share in Holy Communion together.  Many churches share the tradition of having Communion on the first Sunday of the new year, and in some church tradition’s it is known as the Covenant Communion.  It’s called that because we are recommitting ourselves to the New Covenant for the upcoming year.  We are acknowledging that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and are committing ourselves to following Him no matter what the year may bring.

This Sunday we will be serving Communion at the altar.  The ushers will be directing groups up to receive the bread and the cup.  If you are unable to kneel please feel free to stand at the altar or sit in the first pew and I will gladly serve you there.  If mobility is a concern and you would prefer to have Communion served in your pew, please let me know.

In the E.C. Church the Lord’s Table is an open table.  You do not need to be a member of the church in order to receive Communion.  Parents, as always I will let you decide if your child(ren) should participate in Communion.  I would ask however, that only children who have accepted Jesus as their Savior come forward and would suggest having a conversation with them about Communion and why we receive it beforehand.

A couple of reminders:

1.      1/15 – Congregational Life Commission

2.     1/27 – Annual Congregational Meeting

 We begin our new sermon series on the 12 disciples on Sunday.  If you know of someone who has felt the sting of rejection or being told that they weren’t good enough, this would be a wonderful week to invite them to join us at Ebenezer.  The message will include a strong invitation to receive Jesus as Savior.