This Sunday, we begin a series called “Cycles of Discipleship.” The four weeks in this series will remember the past, envision the future, serve in the present, and renew our discipleship promises together.
As we begin the series this week, we’ll refer to a story from deep in our past, the story of Noah and the ark. For generations, a ship has been a symbol for the church, a tradition that is rooted in several scriptural stories, including this one.
The story of Noah recalls God’s covenant promises to generations upon generations who have come before. God was and is and is to come. God is faithful, constant, an ever-present help in trouble. Everything that people do is in response to this faithfulness.
When a person responds to God, they covenant to give of themselves in many different ways. Gifts of time, energy, money, talents, and ideas are given to God in response to the covenant gifts God has given, and continues to give in each moment. Saying yes to God says “thank you” to God in a lifetime of discipleship.
Christ represents the fullness of God’s covenant faithfulness, and the sacrament of Holy Communion brings this fullness to life. In the sacrament, we bring ourselves as holy and living offerings to the altar table, and the gifts that we share at the table nourish us for serving God in the world.
And so we will participate in an ancient, yet timeless tradition this Sunday as we gather around the Communion table. How many times have the people of Campbell gathered for Communion before us? How many times did Methodists on the American frontier wait anxiously for their appointed circuit rider to arrive and bring the sacrament? How many times, generation upon generation into the past, have Christians remembered God’s promises by sharing the Lord’s Supper together?
I’ll see you in church,