One of the essential purposes of the church is to worship together. In our gatherings we sing, we pray, we sit under the teaching of God’s word, we call one another to righteousness, and we testify what God has done – not just for the world but in each of our lives. On Sunday, we will sing the Chris Tomlin arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” and the first verse of that Hymn is still my favorite:
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound / that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found / was blind but now I see.
The Gospel story is one of transformation, to show that we were once one way but through the grace of God and the power of the Spirit we are being renewed into the likeness of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. What joy it is to remember the cross! What delight it is to share with others how we are not now what we once were. We are also observing the Lord’s Supper this week at FEFC. The very act of communion is a rite of remembrance. During the very first Lord’s Supper, Jesus commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)
We are a people who remembers.
We remember what God has said.
We remember what God has done.
We remember that God is the creator of the Universe.
We remember that God regularly displays his power over the world.
We remember that though we rebelled, justly earning condemnation, God provided a path to reconciliation.
We remember that while we were still Sinners – Christ died for us.
We remember who God is, we remember who we were, and we remember who we are because of Jesus Christ.
As we remember, we tell others.
As we prepare to worship this week, I call all of you to take time to ponder all that God has done for you and for the world and share it with your friends, your family, and your community.
For His Glory,
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Zach Kellner is the Associate Pastor of Worship at FEFC