Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost… 7/31/2016 (REVISED)

HAVE COMMUNION WITH ME… (push)

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Gracious Father, your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world.  Give us this bread, that he may live in us and we in him, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have Communion with me…

We all have a commonality as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I have a hard time trying to understand Religions that make other brothers and sisters in Christ feel alienated.  I hope and pray that no-one in my church mistakenly does this.  Being brought up a Lutheran and a member of a Lutheran church, I can name 95 excuses… THAT’S RIGHT… EXCUSES… why I shouldn’t want to have communion with Catholics; however, there is ONE truth of why I should… Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY…

My question to Catholics is “am I welcome to have communion with you in your cathedrals?”  I have been told numerous stories on how Lutherans are not allowed to commune with Catholics; however, this feeling of alienation makes me want to go with a friend to a Catholic Mass in Harrisburg, PA…

Communion is a beautiful time in people’s life to remember the life and death of Jesus Christ with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…

“Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father: Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.

You have filled all creation with light and life; heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.  You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise (Isaiah 55:1-5); and, at this end of all the ages, sent your Son, who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.  Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we will proclaim the Lord’s death”

Beautiful huh???

I learned that it is awesome to learn from the past and move on… (Jesus has RISEN) God sent us prophets written about in the Old Testament in our Holy Bible… I encourage you to read the prophecies of Isaiah.  Isaiah was extremely right on with his visions of the future.

An Invitation to Abundant Life

55 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

BREAD… REMEMBER… READ…

*IF YOU ARE VIEWING VIA MOBILE PHONE… CLICK “REPLAY” UNTIL IT GOES AWAY…

To me, Isaiah offers us the words to instill a deep faith within our soul.  The birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ verifies this scripture… let me explain… In verse 2 Isaiah asks why spend money for what is not bread? In John 6:35 Jesus says I am the bread of life.  Isaiah goes on by telling of a leader, who has covenant (promise) with you, to glorify God.  Truly, Truly I say to you… this is the point of taking communion.  Drinking the wine, is done in remembrance of the covenant (promise) between you and God.  Jesus Christ took your sins and mine to the cross to be put to death… LEAVE THEM THERE…

THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY!!!

LET’s GO2 CHURCH.

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