Here is the liturgy / litany I used for the Lord’s Supper service at BACBC on Sunday Aug. 26:
Mark 14:32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass…
In his classic work The Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges writes:
Consider two radically different days in your own life. The first one is a good day spiritually for you. You get up promptly when your alarm goes off and have a refreshing and profitable quiet time as you read your Bible and pray. Your plans for the day generally fall into place, and you somehow sense the presence of God with you. Top it off, you unexpectedly have an opportunity to share the gospel with someone who is truly searching. …
This past Sunday, I had used a responsive element during the Communion time of our English Connection service. It is a summary of the Christian faith pertaining to the Lord’s Supper, taken from Article 35 of the Belgic Confession.
I love how we can read these gospel truths together, aloud, as the body of Christ. It is such an encouraging thing to hear the people of God proclaim to one another the spiritual realities achieved in the Lord’s Supper.
Here is the litany we used. I had the congregation read the bold-italics.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has ordained
There is but one and only one,
whose love will fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
with constant fond endeavour.
There is but one and only one;
on earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done,
when God gave us a mother.
—An Irish poem, author unknown
We pray for the moms, who are busy doing laundry, cleaning the house, and preparing meals for everyone in the house, for everyone in their home. May you experience sanity in the midst of the crazy.
We pray for moms who work outside of the…
They say that the millennial generation longs for genuine relationships. Authentic, Christian community.
I am of that generation.
And I believe that to be true. Personally, anecdotally, and also because of the biblical principle of community. It’s the most neglected spiritual discipline, in my humble opinion.
It’s not just that “community” is our post-modern term for “fellowship” of generations past. And it’s not simply a catchall word for “small groups”. It’s because our Creator God is a community in himself.
God is a trinity. And since we are made in His image, we’re made for community.
To be in relationship.
Our little girl Madison is growing up quick. She is now about 2 and a half years old, and soon enough she’ll be a big sister! :-)
Here’s a look back at Madison over the last little while, with some photo-shoot pics :).
I’ve been sitting on these thoughts about “community” for a while now, and it’s about time I let it go public.
They say that the millennial generation of Christian longs for genuine, Christian fellowship. I am of that generation. And I believe that to be true: personally, annecdotally, and also because of the biblical principle of community. It’s not just that “community” is our post-modern term for “fellowship” of generations past. And it’s not simply a catchall word for “small groups”. It’s because our Creator God is a community in himself.
God is a trinity. And since we are made…
This post is a tad long, and also a long time coming.
It’s been about 3 years since I graduated from Southern Seminary with an M.Div, and 2 years into my first ministry position as English Minister /Youth Minister at Tri-Valley Chinese Bible Church.
There’s a lot that I could say about my first stint in the role as a pastor, about the struggles and difficulties, joys and accomplishments in ministry. But for this post, I want to give thanks to God for blessing me abundantly in a few specific areas.
Before seminary, I did not know what I…
Husband of Vivian; father to MJ & AJ; English Pastor at Bay Area Chinese Bible Church;graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.