Starting 2017 Right
The first Sunday of every month we celebrate Communion. And our worship attendance is always highest on those days - probably for that very reason. But what happens when the first Sunday of the month is the first Sunday of the year and that first Sunday of the year happens to be New Years Day!?
Instead of the usual tradition of Communion following the message, since this first Sunday of the month is the first Sunday of the year which just to happens to be New Years Day, we’re upping the ante. On Sunday, January 1st, Communion will be one of the first things we do together.
Our reason for doing so is both practical and theological. It’s practical because doing so boldly declares that this is how we want to start the new year - at the Lord’s Table, our only source of hope and peace. It’s theological because having Communion at the outset of our gatherings recalls the good news of the gospel, that, as Romans states,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Or, as Ephesians 1 puts it,
He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In other words, God’s grace came first. Everything else is a response to that grace.
Everyone will be present that early in our gatherings. Kids will not have gone to their classes. They are, of course, welcome at the Lord’s Table, as they are seeking to place their trust in Jesus. The Lord’s Table is big enough for the whole family.
I can’t wait to see you there - at the Table - as we look back at His prevenient grace and look ahead to 2017 together.