Sunday, September 24, 2023
On the first day of the week, [Paul and his companions] gathered with the local believers [in Troas] to share in the Lord's Supper. Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight.
Somewhere along the way, we seem to have lost sight of what is most central in our Sunday worship gatherings. For many churches today, the Lord's Supper is done quickly and almost mechanically. In others, they share the Lord's Supper infrequently. Notice in this passage that the Lord's Supper is the reason for gathering. Yes, Paul preached a long time, but the purpose of the gathering was the Lord's Supper. The disciples shared the Supper on Sunday, the first day of the week, the day of Jesus' resurrection. They remembered his death in anticipation of his coming again. In this way, they not only declared what is "most important" in their faith, but they also participated in it.* I fear we neglect, de-emphasize the Lord's Supper to our harm. Let's help our churches reawaken to the beauty of this form of fellowship and communion as we participate in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection and renew our covenant with God!
* See our Related Scripture Readings for other references on these insights.
O Father, thank you for giving us the Lord's Supper to participate in Jesus' life-giving death, burial, and resurrection. We cherish what Jesus did for us to save us. We love being with other believers who have found fresh hope and an assured future with you through what we remember and what we do during the Lord's Supper. Thank you, Jesus, for giving us this meal to share fellowship with each other, remember your saving work for us, and renew our commitment to you. Amen.
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