Ministry Updates for Thursday, August 6th, 2020

 Scripture: Luke 22:19

Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had 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.”

 Reflection – Pillars of Faith – Everything Else – Part 4 of 4

In my seminary education there were four pillars: Biblical studies, theology, Christian History and, well, everything else. Today I would like to talk about the ‘everything else’.

There was a whole lot of ‘everything else’ in seminary that whole courses or series of courses were dedicated to, such as pastoral care, creating worship, leadership, preaching, mission, funeral and weddings, Christian Education, and, the list goes on.

 It is the same in being the church. There are many subjects and areas of interest. Communion, baptism, confirmation, Advent, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Christian fellowship, Christian education, and Mission. Then, just for fun, lets add in all the other Christian denominations, and then other religions. Can we really know all of this?

 Jesus said, ‘Do this in remembrance of me’. He meant gather, tell Bible stories, worship, teach, eat, and pray together and remember him so we might remember God’s love.’

 It’s o.k. to forget. Really. I mean it. It is o.k. to forget. Jesus knew we would. Why else would he ask us to ‘remember’? God loves us in so many different ways it is hard to hold it all in our mind at once, so we forget. But what a gift remembering is.

 Next time you hear some Christian concept or term you cannot remember and think you should, you do not need to fret or feel guilty. Just take time to ‘re-member’ what it is. Take time to ‘re-member’ Jesus, and know you will be headed toward a reminder of yet another expression of God’s love.


God of the past, present, and future, we give you thanks that you call us to ‘re-member’ all you have done for us. We give you thanks that you call us to ‘re-member’ Jesus. God, if I forget something important about you today, like if I lose my temper with someone when I should not, help me be kind to myself, remembering Jesus love for me. Help me remember your love and forgiveness in my past, so I might have peace in the present, and hope for the future. Amen.