Greetings Calvary Ventura Family,
First and foremost, you are in our prayers and in our hearts and we dearly miss seeing you in person.
We have a special Sunday coming up. This Sunday we will not only be celebrating Palm Sunday but we also have the privilege of celebrating communion together. While we can’t be together physically, with some preparation ahead of time we can all still celebrate communion as one. Remember, Jesus did not institute the practice of communion in a church, but in an intimate room where He and those close to Him were gathered together in fellowship and love. Each of us will have that opportunity this Sunday.
Our communion celebration will be led as is our custom from the pulpit, but this time via our live stream video. How can you prepare for this at home? Ensure ahead of time that you have bread and juice ready. A special brand or type is not necessary, that is not what is important. Jesus took the bread and the juice from the dinner table where they were gathered together. What is important is the remembrance of how, in love and obedience to the Father, Jesus gave His body and blood for us, and that we come with prayerful hearts of gratitude and thanksgiving for what He has done (Romans 5:1-11).
While preparing your communion table at home, also prepare your hearts. Is there anything that needs to be confessed to God, thanking Him for His forgiveness? Confess it to Him and then thank Him for His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Spend some time meditating on how our Lord and Savior gave His life for you, that by faith and the washing of His blood you are forgiven, saved and will spend eternity with Him. (1 Corinthians 10:16,17; Ephesians 2).
For the head of the household, you have been blessed with the calling and honor to minister to your loved ones gathered with you. Let that sink in, enjoy it and honor the Lord in this calling. (1 Peter 2:9)
For those with children at home, what a wonderful opportunity to teach them about communion and what it represents.
For those home “alone”, you are not alone. Jesus has promised never to leave you nor forsake you and He will be with you always (Matthew 28:20). Dwell in His presence, celebrate communion with our Savior. Not “as if” He were there with you, but because He is there with you!
We continue to lift you in prayer and look forward with anticipation to the day we again gather together… whether here, there or in the air!
In His love,