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As Jesus gave the gift of Communion, He said, "Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me." (I Corinthians 11) The Early Christians met together every day (Acts 2). Christians throughout most of history could only partake a few times a year. We have been blessed to receive the Lord's Supper every week... until a few weeks ago. For many, the last several weeks have felt like a drought!
Some of us have signed up to come to Prince of Peace and receive communion in family groups. Some of us, out of faithful consideration for the welfare of others, have not. God gives us many responsibilities - areas of stewardship in life. We look to Him to live out those responsibilities in the best way we are able. Some who have been unable to receive God's gift of forgiveness through communion may be feeling guilty. Know this: there is a big difference between ignoring God's gifts and being faithfully unable to partake.
As Jesus sat with His disciples at the table, He said, "One of you will betray me." All the disciples asked, "Is it I?" And we know the answer is "Yes". We all betray Jesus by our thoughts, words, and actions - done and undone, known and unknown. Follow Jesus from the table to the garden and to the cross. "He forgave us all our sins... He took it away, nailing it to the cross." Colossians 2