“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”
In September, our worship is centering on who we are as people called United Methodist. This past weekend, we focused on Baptism and Communion, the two sacraments we observe in The United Methodist Church.
Both Baptism and Communion interweave into the fullness of our every day lives. Baptism welcomes us into the family of Christ and Communion sustains and nourishes us on our journey of life and faith. Both sacraments remind us of how God cares for us through the ordinary elements of life…water, bread and juice.
The serving of Communion is always a powerful and meaningful part of the Ordination worship service at our Annual Conference gathering each year. Communion at that service is served by those newly ordained and commissioned clergy. The serving is done at stations around the worship area in order to serve several hundred people. It is always a fascinating sight that looks a lot like mass chaos. Some of the serving chaos comes as family and friends twist and turn and weave their way around the worship space to get to the station where their loved one is serving.
I remember speaking with a mother of someone I knew being ordained and with tears in her eyes she said, “I bottle-fed this child and carried him to be baptized when he was an infant, now he is feeding me with the bread of life.”
As we are sustained daily with the ordinary elements of life, may we remember with gratitude how God cares for us and that each of us is wonderfully made in the image of our loving God.