This Sunday, November 8, we will continue our series in I Corinthians with a look at chapter 11. This section of Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth covers their abuses of what we commonly call “The Lord’s Supper.” Paul began this section by writing, “In the following directives I have no praise for you…” (I Cor. 11:17, italics mine). No praise? Not one thing they were doing the right way? Evidently, there was nothing commendable about their practice of the Lord’s Supper. They had failed to honor God in their worship gatherings. How were they failing? I hope you’ll come Sunday as we discover not only how they abused the Lord’s Supper, but principles we can apply to our own lives in honoring God in our worship.
Not only will we read this passage, we will take the Lord’s Supper together in the most sanitized, COVID-safe way possible. When you enter the worship center, there will be individual bread and grape juice packets on your chair. At the appropriate time, you will be instructed to open your packet and take the bread, and then afterwards to take the cup. Those who are placing the packets on chairs will thoroughly sanitize their hands before doing so. A number of churches have used these packets and this procedure to take the Lord’s Supper in worship, and (as far as I am aware) none have reported cases of the virus spreading as a result.
As well, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 18. We will (finally) finish our “Theology 101” series with a look at the end times. This study was interrupted last spring due to the COVID shutdown. However, I want to complete this study before the end of the year, and so we have set this as the date. We will meet in our worship center at 11AM, and there should be more than enough room to socially distance. We will have handouts available for you, but they will be placed on tables in the back of the worship center instead of handed to you by a staff member.
Finally, I’m writing these words on Tuesday, November 3, at approximately 8AM. This is election day, and millions of Americans will go to the polls to cast for their vote for President of the United States along with various other state and local races. Unless you have lived in a cave for the last year, you know the airwaves have been full of political rancor. Our mailboxes have been filled with flyers portraying candidates as either saints or villains. Most people I know are simply tired of the ads, acrimony, and animosity. By the time you read these words, maybe it will all be over. Perhaps we will know who will be inaugurated as President on January 20, 2021.
Or maybe not.
Either way, and regardless of who wins the election, here is my promise to you: Jesus is still Lord. God is still in control. Over the last 2000 years, Christians have survived the rise and fall of empires and nations, the births and deaths of kings, and the changing of presidential administrations. When the political winds have shifted, followers of Christ have not been moved from our foundation: Jesus Christ. Thankfully, our hope is not in a political party or a candidate. Our hope, joy, and peace is in the resurrected Jesus.
Tomorrow morning, November 4, I will get up out of my bed, walk into my kitchen and prepare a cup of coffee, then head to my prayer chair. There I will open my Bible, read the timeless, beautiful words of Scripture, then spend some time talking with the Lord. Among the prayers I lift up will be one for our President, whether he has an (R) or a (D) next to his name.
On Sunday, November 8, regardless of the outcome of this election or whether the outcome is even known by then, we will still gather at 5915 Zebulon Road and sing praises to our God, read from His word, and take the Lord’s Supper together. We will still fellowship with one another and rejoice in the grace of God in our lives. Our preschool, children, and students will still meet. The mission of our church will be unchanged. We will continue to be for our city, and for the gospel.
And we will rest in the fact that Jesus is still Lord.