“Solemn Celebration” Meditation for April 2, 2017





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Published on Apr 5, 2017

Rev. Charles Svendsen
Scripture: Psalm 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

Pastor Charles' Warmup:
Our 2017 Lenten theme here at WPC is "Journey to the Cross." This Sunday, April 2, is the fifth Sunday in Lent and also Holy Communion Sunday. Some members and friends have been asking to hear a sermon on the meaning of the Lord's Supper. Our lessons on Sunday accordingly will be Psalm 116:1,12-15 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. The Psalter reading is one of the Hallel Psalms, praise psalms, from where we receive our word, Hallelujah, "Let us praise the Lord." And the Corinthians reading is the Apostle Paul's clearest instruction on the Lord's Supper. We will hear on Sunday that Holy Communion is a remembrance, an examination, a proclamation and an anticipation.
We also welcome on Sunday Chris Gates, founder and director of an orphanage for girls in Tanzania called the Janada Batchelor Foundation for Children. We will welcome two Tanzanian girls from that school who will be experiencing an American worship service for the first time!
Traditional service is at 9:30 am and contemporary is at 11:15 am.
See you in church.

Charles Svendsen
Interim Pastor

Psalm 116
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my consternation, “Everyone is a liar.”
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.
O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 11:23-34
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves. For this reason many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If you are hungry, eat at home, so that when you come together, it will not be for your condemnation. About the other things I will give instructions when I come.

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