The Bread and Cup Around the World

posted Oct 1, 2021, 1:46 PM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Pentecost joy be with you on this glorious Autumn day in New Jersey.

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 10:30 AM in person or on FaceBook live (Page: Middletown Reformed Church) when we will rejoice in God’s extravagant love and grace. It is World Communion Sunday and worship will be adapted from the Presbyterian Church USA’s Peace and Global Witness commission. This worship acknowledges the unity of the Church Universal and that “we come together to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice in our own communities and around the world." Our worship will be filled with joyful songs from around the world led by Sarah Hanvey and Izaak Thorpe, and the liturgy will be in several languages to reflect the beautiful diversity of God’s people and creation. Think how beautiful it will be as we participate with people of faith around the globe, all gathering around the Lord’s Table on this very special Sunday. What a wonderful illustration for potential peace in the body of Christ!

As you are aware, we have resumed congregational singing and since the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is present in our state, and Monmouth County is a high transmission zone for the variant, everyone must wear a mask for worship and indoor church events. Thank you for your cooperation in loving yourself, your neighbor, and keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Beloved, read these words from Scripture and be encouraged: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread (1 Corinthians 10.16-17).

Amen! May it be so.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish