Assistants and the Lord’s Supper
This week a colleague of mine, another Pastor’s wife, suggested for me to write an article about how the Assistants should serve the Lord’s Supper.
Many, sadly, over time, because it becomes something common they are carried away by the regularity and therefore prepare, serve and even participate in any way, like if it was a ritual.
Many Assistants in the beginning had the greatest reverence when they thought of the Lord’s Supper. They took care of their appearance, took special care when tying back their hair, they painted their nails with simple nail polish, used make-up, and prepared their uniform with love so that everything can be perfect on that special day. The one who prepared the elements did it with great care and concern and would be the first to arrive at church. Before preparing the bread and the grape juice she presented her life before God. Then she washed her hands put on gloves and a hair net so that everything was done in a sanitized way. Everything that was done at that Holy moment was done with much fear and reverence.
Today, this article is for each one of us to examine ourselves on how we look at the Lord’s Supper. Has it become a mere tradition in our lives? A custom? Your immediate response might be: ” Oh no … no way … ” But please, stop and think about it: What does the Lord’s Supper mean to you?
Both the Assistant who prepares it and the one who serves it have in their hands the body and blood of Christ. It’s so serious, so deep. Look at what a responsibility it is to serve the Supper of Christ. Sanctification has to be on high and you must be careful of what kind of conversation you hold at that moment. We know that many while preparing the Lord’s Supper talk about subjects that have nothing to do with what they are doing at the time. It’s necessary to take into account not only the physical details, but especially your inner being. Listen to what the word of God says:
“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (I Co. 11:27-29)
When is it that I eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner?
– When my conduct is stained with sin. I have already spoken here several times that sin involves religiousness, disguised hypocrisy, thoughts of self sufficiency and so on… Remember that we’re not talking about visible sins, but about those that are hidden.
Dear Assistants, let’s take time to exam ourselves before preparing, serving and mainly participate in the Lord’s Supper because we may be on our way to condemning ourselves.
My advice to all the Assistants is:
On the day of the Lord’s Supper do everything with a lot of commitment and care especially within. That’s also an offering to your God.
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