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Communion Service 1/15

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Reconciliation

Dave’s sermon text caused me to think of this passage in Romans
Romans 5:7–9 LSB
7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man, though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
God showed His love toward us
While we were yet sinners
Christ died for us
Justified by His blood
Saved from wrath
In the next verse
Paul writes that
we were reconciled to God
through the death of His Son
In this God’s love has been shown to us

Propitiation

As the Apostle John says in 1 John 4:9-10
1 John 4:9–10 LSB
9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Love of God was manifested,
was revealed, exposed, displayed in us In us
how?
God sent His only begotten Son
-reference back to John 3:16 -
a reference to the reality of Gods love in sending His Son
So that we might live. Why?
Because God lovingly sent His Son to be the propitiation of our sins
Christ satisfied the demands of God’s justice
and appeased His holy wrath against our sin
And this is what we celebrate at the Lords table -
the God of the universe
the Holy Holy Holy God
has so loved us by sending His beloved son to justify us before Him,
by sending His beloved Son to save us from His wrath,
by sending His beloved Son to reconcile us to Himself
by becoming our propitiation through His death
This is what we proclaim and celebrate this morning as we partake of the Lord’s Table

Fencing the Table

Here at Heritage we practice an open communion
which means that this meal is open to all
who have been reconciled to God through His Son.
You are all welcome to celebrate the Love of God
through remembering the death of His only Son for you
if you have believed upon Christ for your salvation
and you have proclaimed that belief through your baptism in His name.
At this time I would like the ushers to come forward
so that they may pass the emblems to you.
If you have not believed in Christ,
if you have not been reconciled to God through His son
and you have not been baptized
please allow the plate to pass by you.
But if you are in a right relationship with God,
if you have been reconciled to God through faith in Christ’s death for your sins
and you have been baptized
please take the emblems as they are passed
so that we might celebrate together.
Brothers please serve our church
My Body, My Blood for You
Now that we have these emblems
I want you to look at the bread, and the cup
and I want you to look at one another
and I want you to consider this,
the bread symbolizing Christ’s body
and the cup symbolizing Christ’s blood
were lovingly given by God in order to reconcile you to Himself
and so that we might be reconciled together as one family of redeemed saints
Listen to the words of Christ from Luke 22:19-20
Luke 22:19–20 LSB
19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
His body was lovingly given for us
His blood was lovingly poured out on to the cross for us
for our justification before God
for our salvation from the wrath of God
for our reconciliation to God…to the God who loved us so, even while we were yet sinners
Pastor Greg, will you lead us in prayer and then we will partake of the emblems together?
the passage we read in 1 John has an especially apt application in the next verse… 1 John 4:9-11
1 John 4:9–11 LSB
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
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