It feels good to travel and it feels good to be home. Thank you to many of you who regularly hold us up in prayer.
I want to share one thing I'm really enjoying from our previous weekend. Some new Colorado friends from St. John's Lutheran Church welcomed us to share. We are not Lutherans and not very familiar with their traditions but we do know the story of Martin Luther. I know - so helpful. ;) Anyway, we weren't sure what to expect but happy to cross denominational lines and join them. We came away so nourished and built up. It was a great time spent. The power of God is working in that church as evidenced in the preached Word, worship and growing christians.
What is still ministering to me though is how they conducted their communion service. It was refreshingly different than what we're familiar with. Most remembrance meals are somber, quiet, reflective and sometimes a bit dismal. Often times they are used for personal repentance as the plate of juice and bread is passed through the crowd row by row. This is fine and even good - serving as an opportunity to humbly remember and enjoy Christ's victory.
"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another." 2 Corinthians 3:18
Elyse Fitzpatrick in her book Counsel From the Cross truthfully shares, "We need to set our eyes on something beyond ourselves or our failures. We need to glimpse something that is more powerful. We need to see Jesus Christ and the transforming glory of God." She goes on to explain how we actually see the transforming glory of God, "Although God could directly inform our minds and hearts, he usually uses ordinary measures (or means) to accomplish this goal and to impart grace or strength to us."
She's right. These ordinary measures can seem weak, too simplistic and even feel ancient instead of relevant. She urges, "Let's try to avoid the Athenian hunger to continually hear "something new" (Acts 17:21) and instead rest in these ancient but powerful measures."
So what are the Means Of Grace to which is she is referring?
Here they are:
1) Preached Word
3) Lord's Supper
4) Fellowship with Believers
The Lord is using this book to awaken me to His ancient and yet very relevant transforming means. Number 3 was a timely and transforming glimpse this weekend. Thank you St. John's for letting us join you in transforming worship. Whether you're an old or new believer may you also enjoy His very earthy, ordinary means of grace that minister His transforming glory to our hearts.