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Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 06:28:39 -0300
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COLUMN: COMMUNION MEDITATION

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.
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Published in the bulletin of the Baker Heights church,
Abilene, Tex.

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