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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sermon Notes "Remembering God's Gift"

Today being the first Sunday of the month is the day we observe and celebrate Holy Communion in our church. Actually, in our little church we partake of Holy Communion every Sunday morning, but the first Sunday of the month is set aside as a more complete observance, and the whole service today was focused on "Remembering God's Gift".

Our Scripture lesson was from Luke 22:7-20, but the following verses 14-20 were highlighted:

Luke 22:14-20
14.  "When the hour had come, 
He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.
15.  Then He said to them,
"With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you 
before I suffer;
16.  For I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."

17.  Then He took the cup, 
and gave thanks,
and said,
"Take this and divide it among yourselves;
18.  for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine 
until the kingdom of God comes."

19.  And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 
"This is My body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of Me."

20.  Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying,
"This cup is the new covenant in My blood, 
which is shed for you." 

Our choir sang this beautiful song prior to the message today. It was so beautifully written and sung. I don't have a printout of the lyrics, so please just hear and sing along if you know this song.

In the above passage in Luke 22, Jesus said He desired to eat this Passover with His disciples.  Passover was and is a very special time of remembrance of the great redemption of the children of Israel from the Egyptians.  You can read more about this in the Old Testament book of Exodus, chapter 12. Particularly verses 12-13, God is explaining to Moses what He is going to do to redeem His people...and providing the very first Passover through the blood of the unblemished lamb.

"12.  For I will pass through the land of Egypt on the that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: 
I AM the Lord.  
13.  Now the blood shall be a sign for you 
on the houses where you are. 
And when I see the blood, 
I will pass over you; 
and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."

Fast forward to the New Testament and to Luke 22, where Jesus is explaining  to His disciples in essence that He is about to become their "Passover Lamb"...and so when we celebrate Holy Communion, we are to remember Christ's great sacrifice for our redemption.   This is much more than just a history lesson. It is a celebration on the hearts and lives of believers until Christ returns...It is only through the cross of Christ  and the shedding of His blood that we have redemption from our sins.

In Luke 22:16-20 Jesus is foretelling for all of us the glorious promise of when we will one day sit at the banquet table with Jesus at the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb" (see Revelation 19:7-10)

In partaking in Communion we are remembering the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins.  For a prophetic description of the sorrow and anguish and pain that He suffered for us, please read Isaiah 53.  This is a vivid description of the vicarious sacrifice of Christ. Jesus took on Himself all of our sins...and because of this our sins are forgiven when we choose to believe in Him.

Hebrews 9:22 tells us:
"According to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission."

In John's Gospel, chapter 6, Jesus tells His disciples in verse 56:

"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, 
and I in Him."

And so we come back to the communion service, where we follow Christ's example given to the disciples at that Last Supper before His death.   

I Corinthians 10:16-17 
"The cup of blessing which we bless, 
Is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?  
The bread which we break, 
is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 
For we, though many, are one bread and one body; 
for we all partake of that one bread."

Please read I Corinthians 11:23-34 for the order of Communion, and where we see again how the Lord gave thanks, and then said to His disciples, 

"Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you;
do this in remembrance of Me."
In the same manner He took the cup after supper, saying,
"This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

  • We need to rejoice together in Communion. I want to live my life in such a way that I can one day stand before Him.
Remember the great gifts He has given us:
  • Promise of eternity
  • Promise of sins forgiven
  • Partaking in the remembrance of Christ Jesus through this ordinance of the Lord's Supper.

(we sang the following song during the Communion service:)
In Remembrance 
(Ragan Courtney and Buryl Red)
"In remembrance of Me eat this bread
In remembrance of Me drink this wine
In remembrance of Me pray for the time
When God's own will is done
In remembrance of me heal the sick
In remembrance of me feed the poor
In remembrance of me open the door
And let your brother in, let him in

Take eat and be comforted
Drink and remember too
That this is my body and precious blood
Shed for you, shed for you

In remembrance of me search for truth

In remembrance of me always love
In remembrance of me don't look above
But in your heart, in your heart
Look in your heart for God

Do this in remembrance of Me
Do this in remembrance of Me
In remembrance of Me"

Have YOU decided to follow Christ? Take time to remember His great sacrifice for your sins as you celebrate communion with Him and His body, the church.

After partaking of communion  today we closed the service with the following song, (one of my favorite hymns):  "And Can It Be?"  I hope you will sing along with me here:

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam’s helpless race
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free
For O my God, it found out me!
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shoudlst die for me?
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off, my heart was free
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God shouldst die for me?
No condemnation now I dread
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine
Alive in Him, my living Head
And clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou my God, shouldst die for me?
Personal notes from me (Pam) here:  I don't know if your church observes Holy Communion once a month, once a quarter, or every Sunday, but I know for me when we started coming to this church at first I was a little uncertain about the necessity for taking communion every Sunday.  But then I remembered that the early church "continued steadfastly in the apostle's doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42), and that the believers were encouraged to "proclaim the Lord's death until He comes." (I Corinthians 11:26)  I find the time of communion at the close of our service to be a personal time of worship, prayer, and introspection as I examine my own heart and seek God's will and direction for my life.  It is a cleansing time, where I can once again remember how Christ sacrificed His very blood for me so that I would be washed clean from all my sins, and therefore  I want to surrender my life to Him for service  in whatever way He leads.  Sometimes we get complacent and lazy in our faith walk, and we tend to forget why we are here and what we are supposed to be doing in God's kingdom.  The communion service is a stark reminder to me that my life is not my own. I belong to Christ, and therefore I want to serve Him fresh and new  every day. I am very thankful for this time of remembrance each week. It has been life-renewing to me.

Sermon Notes: FUMC, Interlachen, FL, Pastor A.C. Myers, 2/3/2019

Please Note : I want to repeat this disclaimer here...the notes, outline, and content included here are based upon my own personal understanding of the message that was being given. I am not attempting to completely quote or reproduce this message or any other message I've shared previously. Just as each person reading these notes may glean insights and thoughts that seem to directly apply to one's own situation and interpretation, my own delivery of these messages is skewed by my hearing and translation of what is being said. Some may read my notes here and wonder if they were hearing the same message as I...and I say, God speaks to each of us as He wills...there are things He is trying to get across to each individual that may be entirely different than what the person sitting next to you in the pew is needing to hear... That is how the Holy Spirit works! He knows what we need to hear and how to apply it to our hearts. So it is with that understanding that I present these sermon notes to you.


  1. Our church also takes Communion every Sunday and it is always a special time for me. Thank you for this post!

    1. Thank you, Jan. Yes, I truly believe it is a very personal time of worship between me and the Lord. I don't ever want it to become just another "ritual" that we do.

  2. Jesus, the Passover lamb...amen.

    1. We are so loved and cherished by Jesus, Our Passover Lamb. What a privilege and joy.

  3. Thank you so much. I love it. I print it out to read it again and again.

    1. I am so glad you appreciated this today. I believe we as believers need to gather around this table more often and glorify our Lord, as we see His day approaching.

  4. What a precious post about the Lord's Supper. When we do this at our church it is a very passionate time for me. I cannot partake of it without shedding a few tears. I don't think a lot of people and not even Christians realize in the depths of their hearts the message here with the taking communion. When I think about what He has done for me and still doing.....Well, I could go on and on but thank you for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. One day we will all be seated at The Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and we will see Him face to face...what a glorious day that will be. Until then, we remember His passion for us as we eat this bread and drink this cup...until He comes...

  5. I know I've mentioned this before, but something I so miss at the church I currently attend is that we only have communion once a month instead of every Sunday. Yes, a time for prayer, reflection, and re-commitment to the Lord.
    Blessings, Pamela!

    1. Perhaps it is something that you can gather with loved ones and friends and share the Lord's Supper more often if all are in agreement. As we draw nearer to the Day of the Lord's return, we will be needing to "remember" Him more and more often.

  6. Pam, thank you for sharing about Communion--it's so important and meaningful, yet one that we can take lightly (if we're not careful). In my church (United Methodist), we generally observe Communion on the first Sunday of the month (if the pastor is there). We didn't have Communion yesterday due to our pastor being away due to TWO deaths in his family the previous week.

    It's frustrating to me to see how carelessly people approach Communion. In the past, I've had adults (old enough to know better) have a full fledged conversation in the pew behind me after we've returned to our seats (there are still people going forward to receive the bread and juice.

    Personally, I know that I need to approach Communion with more care--truly seeing the significance in what I'm doing.

    Love and blessings!

  7. Yes, always remember what He sacrificed for me!


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