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A Word from the Pastor: April 7, 2020
Maundy Thursday Communion April 9, 2020

April 7, 2020

Dear Loved Ones,

This Thursday evening, April 9, 2020, at 6 pm CDT I will broadcast live on the Oak Grove UMC Aubrey Facebook page.  Together but apart, we will remember the night that Jesus and his disciples came together to share in the Passover meal after which, he established the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper with bread and wine.

As part of that remembrance, I will lead us in the sacrament of Holy Communion.  If you wish to participate, here is how you can prepare:

1.  Since Jesus gathered around a table with his loved ones, you may want to set the table or other place where you take your meals as your ‘altar’ for this time of worship.

2.  Have a small amount of any kind of bread available for each participant.  Pita bread or tortillas are a good choice if you have them.  If not, DO NOT leave the safety of your home to go out and buy them.  There are simple recipes on line for making your own unleavened bread if you choose to do that.  Otherwise, whatever bread you have on hand is fine.  Bread represents the body of Jesus who is the bread of life, offered as a sacrifice for our sins.

3.  Pour a small glass of wine (adults only) or juice for each participant.  Red wine or grape juice best represent the blood of Jesus but if you have neither, any kind of juice is fine.  If you have no juice, you DO NOT need to go out to buy any; you may use water (the Bible says that when the spear was thrust into Jesus’ side on the cross, ‘blood and water came out’).  These elements have sacred symbolic significance; chips, beer, and sodas do not.  Bread and beverage that remain after the time of worship can be consumed later or returned to the earth and to God’s creatures but should not be discarded in the trash or disposal.

4.  You may wish to include a candle or two on your ‘altar’ as a symbol of Jesus, the Light of the world.

5.  Feel free to be creative as you offer the Lord your best for this time of worship.  You are also creating a memory for yourself and your family (if applicable), so you might want to photograph your ‘altar’ to share with others later.

Finally, the Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.  If that describes you and the desire of your heart, you are invited to participate.  You do not have to be a member of Oak Grove Church nor do you have to be a Methodist.  This is the Lord’s table.

It will be my joy to share in Holy Communion with you on Thursday evening.  Please email your questions or concerns to pastor@oakgroveunitedmethodist.org.

Pastor Don Kirsch

John 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.