I'm Kathy Savage, this year's chair of the Leadership Board.
This week the Nomads Class Sunday school lesson focused on Holy Communion. We talked about how we observe the Eucharist in worship. We also talked about how the sacrament and all it represents can be a launching pad for carrying the grace of Christ into our everyday lives. The lesson helped me focus on some things in a new way that I'd like to share with you.
1. As Jesus modeled The Last Supper for us, the first thing he did was give thanks. "After giving thanks, he broke the bread and said, this is my body, which is for you." Give thanks first. How many times have I heard this, but didn't focus on the very first phrase - even before he broke the bread, he gave thanks.
2. The last question in the lesson was, "What do you/your church do as the completion of the holy act of communion?" This fabulous gift of Christ requires a thank you! The author pointed out that Holy Communion should be the launching pad for our entrance into the rest of our life. Is this what missional living is about?
And so, I give thanks for MUMC and for each of you and look forward to working with you as we respond to the gift of Christ by expressing our thankfulness and strengthening our relationship between personal faith and action in the world.
(By the way, you are welcome to join the Nomads' class as we begin a new study by Adam Hamilton called "Faithful - Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph." We meet Sunday morning at 8:45 in Room 8.)