World-Wide Communion 2018 – Harry’s Letter

“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.”  1 Corinthians 10:16, 17

Dear Friends,

For practical reasons we in the Ingoldsby/Lochlin/Haliburton Pastoral Charge have begun to celebrate World-Wide Communion on Thanksgiving Sunday. This year they are the same anyway, but not usually. However, as noted in the quote from St. Paul above, these two themes (Thanksgiving & Communion) are closely related.

Paul calls the cup of the Lord ‘the cup of thanksgiving’. How profound! Our lives are all filled with things God has given us and for which we are thankful: food, family, friends, tasks, technology and the treasures of creation – to name a few.  Our appreciation and gratitude for these things are marred, however, by our human brokenness, also known as sin.  Through Christ’s sacrifice, through his blood, we are forgiven and reconciled to our God. The normal, healthy thanksgiving due the Creator from his creature is restored. Thus, when we lift this cup, we simultaneously thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice and all his other blessings as well.

This passage talks a lot about ‘participation’. That is crucial. Christian life and worship is not a spectator sport. It’s something we do together – building each other up with our gifts, raising our voices together in thanksgiving, eating and drinking at the Lord’s table.  I hope you will come and join with your sisters and brothers as we participate in the Lord’s Supper on October 7th.  Let us give thanks.

In Christ’s love,

Harry