Pastor's Newsletter 11 May 2021 David Leo
The launch of the Livemore program will begin on the 27th of May 6-7pm. This will be run every Thursday for 10 weeks at the Devonport Church. This is a community program to encourage healthy living and well being. Every week we learn something about the way we think and feel and given a specific task to action what was learned. For example, one of the weeks teaches us about how brain responds to what we see before we make decisions. We are then challenged to see as much sky and grass to train our brains to make healthier decisions. See eliawellness.com/livemore for more information and to register.
Also coming up is a Bible Marking course that will begin on Friday 24th of May 6.30 - 7.30pm. Bible marking is a quick way to learn the teachings of the Bible and also learn how to navigate and understand how Bible can be read for referencing. If you are not familiar with the bible, or you have just started opening the Bible to learn about Jesus. Then I highly recommend you attend this course. Please see our facebook page as I will post the registration next week.
This week is communion. The communion has been practiced in the Christian community since Jesus instigated the ceremony from the last supper. This Saturday morning we will be performing this ancient tradtion. Some of you may not be familiar with how this works so this write up is to help you navigate through what to expect. First and foremost, we do this because Jesus told us to do it in rememberance of Him. You will find his instruction in John chapter 13 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. I'd also encourage you to read chapters 71 and 72 of Desire of Ages. You can find chapter 71 by clicking here and you should be able to link to chapter 72 from there.
The morning service will begin as you would usually expect.
The sermon will be shorter than normal as the service depends solely on our actions than the word being preached.
After the sermon, the men and women will seperate into two groups to perform the footwashing.
Everyone will rejoin to take part in the eating of unleavened bread and the drinking of wine. (grape juice)
Communion is meant to be a solemn but a joyous occassion. As it reminds of Christ's sacrifice, resurrection, and soon return. In turn, it makes us remember our commitment to Christ, the mission and to each other.
You may be asking:
Q. Can I participate although I am not baptised in the SDA church?
A. You should only participate if you understand what you're participating in. Seventh-day Adventists practice open communion which means that we welcome anyone who has committed themselves to Christ whether they are Seventh-day Advenist or from anoher Christian denomination. If this is your first time, perhaps you could observe the footwashing and the taking of bread and wine to get a grasp of whats going in.
Q. Can children take part in the communion?
A. We encourage parents or guardians to teach and demonstrate to their children what communion means. We leave it to the discretion of the parents as to whether their children will partake of the communion. Please understand that it is important that children have a grasp of what is taking place. If this is their first communion, they should observe the communion ceremony to ascertain what it all means. Ways to assist in teaching our children is telling the story at home, and leading a communion service in our homes so they get a first hand experience.
Q. Do I have to do have to wash my feet..it's embarassing?
A. To have the full experience of understading humility (root word for humiliation) I would encourage that you participated in the footwashing. More information to follow during the sermon.
Q. Won't the Covid-19 restrictions prevent churches from peforming the Communion ?
A. No. Communion will be conducted differently to what people are use to. (For those who have done Communion pre Covid-19). When performing the footwashing, participants must wear gloves if touching somebody who is not family OR you can just pour the water over the feet and avoid any touching of skin. Also, the facilitators of the bread and wine must wear gloves when distributing them. Other than these aforementioned changes, all other restrictions will be ahdered to as normal.
If you have any other questions. Please do not hestitate to send through a text to my number 0432 454 548. Also, ensure to read the significant references mentioned above. This is an event we can look forward to. It is a time where we recommit ourselves to Christ and to each other. Spend time in prayer as we prepare for self-examination as we look to Jesus Christ.
"Grace will hurt your feelings and humble your heart and then infuse you with joy like you've never had before." - Paul Tripp