[forthright] I Come to Communion

Message: < previous - next > : Reply : Subscribe : Cleanse
Home   : April 2008 : Group Archive : Group : All Groups

From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 06:28:39 -0300
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

New releases, special offers, book news, all here!


I Come to Communion
  by Robert L. Jenks

I come to communion not because I am worthy, not for
any righteousness of my own, for I have grievously
sinned and fallen short of what by God's help I might
have been.

I come not because there is any magic in partaking of
the symbols of Christ's body and blood.

I come not from a sense of duty that is unacquainted
with deep appreciation for his blessed means of grace,
the highest privilege in Christian worship.

I come because Christ bids me come. It is his table,
and he extends the invitation.

I come because it is a memorial to Him: as oft as it is
done in remembrance of him. Here is a vivid portrayal
of the redeeming sacrifice of the Christ of Calvary.
His matchless life, his vicarious sufferings and his
faithfulness even unto death are brought to mind, and I
bow humbly before him in worship.

I come because in contemplation of the Father and his
Son, our Savior, I am moved to thanksgiving for so
great salvation.

I come because in this encounter with the Savior I am
made to feel the wrongness of my sins -- the base
desire, unchristian motives, hurtful attitudes, vain
ambition, and the things I have done which I ought not
to have done, and the things I have failed to do which
God expected me to do. I acknowledge my utter
unworthiness and walk again the painful but necessary
path of repentance.

I come because forgiveness is an inseparable part of
true repentance. I arise with the assurance of pardon,
rejoicing in the opportunity of a new beginning.

I come because I arise from the Lord's table with new
strength, new courage, new poise and new power to face
the demands which life will lay upon me.
Published in the bulletin of the Baker Heights church,
Abilene, Tex.

Read this article online, write your reaction, and
read others' comments as well. Click here:

You can help get the word out. Here's how: