We have a unique privilege this coming Sunday! We are celebrating two practices that were central to the life of the early church—and are central to our life together now—baptism and communion.
The sacraments are vital to our life together. Baptism anoints us as God’s own. A seed of faith is planted in baptism that is up to this village to water and grow. At Jesus’ baptism, God spoke to him, saying, “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.” I think about that blessing every time we baptize one of God’s beloved children (of all ages!).
While baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime event, communion is something we celebrate every month. That’s because communion renews us in faith from the inside out through the very presence of Jesus. As John reminded us last Sunday, we are a forgetful people. So, we come to the table in all humility to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and to experience Christ in our hearts anew. I come to the table often as a “do-over” – a chance to repent of my own forgetfulness and failures and to start over again, by His grace.
Friends, Jesus is with us in all times and all places. But He is especially with us as we break bread together, and as we vow to support a family in faith. Henri Nouwen writes that communion with God “is the deepest desire of the human heart”. May our lives be marked by this life-changing communion.