By Connie Edwards
Twelve of us “met” with Jesus for communion this week. There we were—in small windows on our computer screens, each with bread and a cup from what we had on hand—the same number of people who gathered in a small room with Jesus for the Last Supper.
We would rather have been social distancing in a back yard or better yet, side by side in a living room or sanctuary. However, we were thankful to enjoy our Zoom meeting space.
Our group leader and retired pastor, led us beautifully through prayers to reflect on our past, present & future walk with God—prayers for one another—partaking of communion—and finally lifting our voices together in a song of fellowship.
Jesus often found himself eating with people whether it was fish over a campfire by the sea with a few, or five-thousand people who were hungry for His words. Yet, when facing his eminent, cruel, death, he chose to steal away with his closest friends.
“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (I Corinthians 11:23-26 NIV)
Jesus demonstrated the importance of walking through life with a small group of people. These men shared this last meal—grieved together when He died—took care of his family—rejoiced when He overcame death and sin, and rose from the grave as He promised.
Today, we are His disciples! The Bethel Family is finding new ways to connect and bless others. Don’t wait until this Pandemic is over to get involved. Be blessed now! Search the Bethel website where opportunities and encouragement abound. To mention a few: Join a small group (virtual for now), hear a sermon and worship with the online team, meet community needs through BAM, join a Flash Mob Bless for COVID-19 patients and workers outside Kadlec Hospital, join Bethel Christian Writers Group. And don’t forget online giving.
“When they had sung a hymn, they went out . . .” (Mark 14:26 NIV)
“Blessed be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love,
The fellowship our spirit finds
is like to that above.”