April 17, 2014
The Great Three Days (Triduum) of 2014 has begun. It was a disappointing Maundy Thursday worship due to numbers in attendance, but it was wonderful. I am always moved by the stripping of the altar, the carrying out of the Christ Candle, the darkness, and the silence of worshipers as they leave.
Where I serve, we focus on Jesus’ giving of the new covenant through His Body and Blood in the bread and wine. I am so thankful for Holy Communion - for its assurance of Christ’s love for us, for the forgiveness of sin and sins, for the knowledge that no matter what else happens in worship, this is the essence of its gift and purpose. This and baptism, Christ’s sacraments for us.
So as we heard the words tonight; the body of Christ given for you, the blood of Christ shed for you; what Jesus allowed to happen brings new meaning. The body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen us and keep us in His grace. Amen and Amen. Depart in peace.