A Harmonious Communion
by Stuart Malkin 28 December 2021
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Looking out of the windows I am taken up by the last colours of late summer. Particularly that of the late Dahlias which in November time would be taken up, lifting and starting the preparation for overwintering. In the Autumn months, there is the joy of colour no other season can really compare with. There is something about these months that one somehow can experience not only colour, but also texture from a distance.
Ann has been down to the local garden centre and returned with plants and bulbs to add to the potential harmony of what will show in the early months of 2022. One always hopes that what has happened this year can be improved. The thing about nature is you never know, and it can be quite surprising.
Reading: Luke 22 reading on from verse 14
When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table with the Apostles. He said to them “I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer! For I tell you, I will never eat it until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God”.
Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God and said “ Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.”
Then He took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it and gave it to them saying “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
In the same way He Gave them the cup after supper saying “This cup is God’s new Covenant sealed with my blood which is poured out for you. But look, the one who betrays me is here at the table with me. The Son of Man will die as God has decided but how terrible for that man who betrays Him.
Then they began to ask among themselves which one of them it could be who was going to do this.
We started with a beautiful song “O the blood of Jesus “ as the disciples sat around the table and listened to what the Lord had to say about what was going to happen in the days ahead. Did they think of the blood of Jesus and thank him for what was being said? There were a range of characters from Peter, who believed that he was so close to Jesus and he would never let anything happen to his beloved master. Then James and John, who seemed to seek power in the next world. Then the likes of Thomas, who didn’t know what he believed. Then Judas who sold out for power
Brothers and Sisters when sharing anything remember the sharing of the bread and wine shared and what they meant then and how they have continued to mean. Amen