Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Home Communions

Christmas Communion

Yesterday I was out doing my Home Communions for Christmas with some elderly or housebound members of the congregation who can't make it to Sunday services any more. A special time, to share in the Lord's Supper in a more personal way with someone who has walked with the Lord perhaps longer than I've been alive.

It also reminded me yesterday, doing the Christmas collects and readings, that we can't stop at the baby in the manger. Yes, Jesus came into the world to save sinners (as his name suggests), but to do that he had to grow up and die on the cross, his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice for our sins.

There was a great mutual encouragement for us both as we shared our faith together, and shared the Lord's Supper. There was a reminder to the housebounds that they have not been forgotten or ignored, that they are still a vital part of the family of faith.

We're now into the last week before Christmas, and there's a few more visits to finish, as well as some sermons to complete for the Carol Services. Then it's off for a week to recover, and hopefully my 'seasonal sickness' will stay away this year. It would be terrible to miss the Christmas services two years in a row...

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