The whole of our service deliberately leads up to this moment. This communion meal is the crescendo of a glorious symphony. The grandest crescendo you can recall is like a dollar store penny whistle compared to the culmination of this worship service culminates. Weâ€™re raised up into glorious union with God, a great host of saints and angels. This meal is the whole point of our worship.
Imagine attending a London Philharmonic Orchestra performance. But imagine youâ€™re deaf. Youâ€™d see the instrumentalists wiggling around in an odd way with their various funny-looking pieces of wood, string, and metal. Youâ€™d see the rest of the audience caught up in the rapture. Youâ€™d see the vocalists with mouths agape. Youâ€™d see the delighted applause at the end. But to you, it would all be a seemingly random set of senseless motions.
Taking this meal without faith is like that. You see all the motions, but hear none of the melodies. You can observe it all, but without faith you do not partake at all.
Our worship thunders up to this point. This is the trumpet blast, the timpani roll, the payoff for all the motifs. It all comes to this head. In the Lordâ€™s Supper, God assures those whoâ€™ve heard His call, who have come in Christâ€“â€“with the clean water of baptism upon their browâ€“â€“that He is theirs, they are His, and nothing can separate them from the Fatherâ€™s love.
Youâ€™ve been called to worship. Youâ€™ve been invited to confess your sins. Youâ€™ve witnessed a baptism and been reminded of yours. Youâ€™ve heard Godâ€™s Word proclaimed to you. And now, in this simple sign of bread & wine, youâ€™re assured that all the promises of forgiveness of sins and fellowship with God are given to you. So, if you hear the crescendo, itâ€™s because youâ€™ve been given ears to hear it.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesusâ€¦