My favorite Sunday is communion Sunday. At Calvary, the first Sunday of the month is set aside to proclaim the Lord’s death until returns and we do this at the Lord’s Table or at the Lord’s Supper or communion. Each of those designations all refer to eating the bread and drinking the cup, doing so in remembrance of Jesus Christ.
But this past Sunday was different. I did not hear or know why it was different until later that day. Following communion, Calvary enjoyed lunch together. It was great experience of having communion followed by lunch. And at lunch, a father shared that his daughter recently referred to communion as community. “We are going to have community together!” she said. And she could not be more right.
The words community and communion are related. Do you see it? I think this is part of Paul’s point in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. Read that passage and reflect on how community and communion are related. The Apostle John calls community “fellowship.” That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete (1 John 1:3-4).
The Lord’s Supper, communion, is something to remember together; that is, as a church family. And how we treat and treasure the Lord and the Lord’s Supper is to be evident in how we treat and treasure one another. This is community.
And so, on November 3, Calvary Community Church will be gathering at the Lord’s Table, doing so in remembrance of Jesus Christ. And I cannot wait to have community together.