Weekly Update: April 28, 2016

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” - Luke 22:19 ESV

Dear Family,

This Sunday in worship we will be partaking of the Lord's Supper. Notice how the Westminster Larger Catechism defines this sacred sacrament:

Q. 168. What is the Lord's supper?
A. The Lord's supper is a sacrament of the New Testament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is showed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace; have their union and communion with him confirmed; testify and renew their thankfulness, and engagement to God, and their mutual love and fellowship each with other, as members of the same mystical body.

As you can see, there is much that the sacrament teaches us, but what is often neglected is the mutual love and fellowship of the body of believers. This is a meal we enjoy together and by doing so we show our unity as the church. Thus, the effects of the gospel in Jesus Christ has so many deep and profound implications. We will take this Sunday to explore many of these implications. Likewise, the sacrament must accompany the Word. I will be preaching on The Great Commission from Matthew 28:16-20.

On May 22nd we will be giving thanks for our graduating seniors. Rev. Tommy Park, campus pastor for Reformed University Fellowship at the University of North Florida, will be our guest preacher. We will have the opportunity in worship to give a love offering for Tommy and his ministry. Music for that service will be lead by Craig Williford and include RUF musicians.

Also, on May 22nd we will have a church cookout and ministry fair. This will be a time of fellowship after worship. We will be grilling burgers and hotdogs, so please bring a side dish to share. This will also be a time for you to support our various ministries. Of particular need for volunteers is children's ministry and sound ministry for worship. More information to come.

Keith Snow and the family are starting two weeks of vacation beginning this weekend. We love the Snows and pray this be a time of great rest and fantastic memories. If you have any pressing questions or concerns that would normally go to Keith, please direct them to me instead. We want to give them as much quiet time as possible.

Hope to see you this Sunday in worship.

Blessings,

Paul