“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.”[Matthew ch 26 v 26-27]
This Thursday we would have sung Hymn 376 which is based on these words and then we would have shared Communion, the bread and wine passed from one another in fellowship. A continuous devotion marking the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples. A meal of fellowship where they shared time with each other. It had been a tense time now that they had entered Jerusalem, Jesus cleansing the Temple, the authorities upset. They had evaded trouble up to now and life was getting a bit more difficult, ever watchful.
In the Upper Room though, there was a meal, a traditional meal, a time-honoured meal which had its roots in the past when the Jewish people had been saved by God. The Disciples gathered round in good company, enjoying the time, with no real idea of the significance of this time together. They were living through it, not knowing what next just surprised and upset at the sombre words of Jesus. Then they went our and it was like falling of a cliff for everyone. Within hours they witnessed the arrest, the trial, the crowd, the Crucifixion. Everything happened so quickly, too quickly to take it all in. Yet when the time came to remember, they had every detail so clearly in their mind, that last time of fellowship and that meal when the God broke through and saved the world.
In the last few weeks, it has felt as if we have all fallen off a cliff, the Restrictions, the Church closed, the Lock Down all too much to take in fully. What we will remember is the fellowship we have found in phone calls and neighbourliness, in the compassion shown to those in need. What we have also found is the comfort of prayers and the Worship Services on the television and on-line. In watching these at the same time we are sharing a fellowship of believers and sharing a fellowship with those who may have never entered a church but have found faith and support in the Love of God.
LET US PRAY
At this time when we remember the Upper Room and the fellowship of Jesus and His friends, we thank You for the example of that humble meal. We thank You for the example that the Lord has given of service to others, of sharing. We pray for those have volunteered to help in the community. For those who work to maintain our fabric of life and supply us with food and essentials. We pray for all those who work in the Health Service who work with courage and commitment. We pray this day for the Prime Minister and his family that they might find strength. We pray for all those who mourn may You draw near that they might find comfort. We ask in name of Jesus our Saviour,
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