Our scripture this morning is Luke 22:19-20.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

Today we commemorate the Last Supper, the final gathering of Jesus and His disciples before His arrest and crucifixion. Jesus tells them of the New Covenant God makes with us through His sacrifice. They were stunned and confused as He reveals one of them will betray Him.

Jesus had taught them during their time together that He was sent as a sacrifice for our sin and that through this we are made new. We must accept His forgiveness and carry on the work He has given us, sharing the joy of our connection to Him with everyone. Jesus has a gift for us to use and a purpose for each of us.

Today I hope you are able to gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ to celebrate Holy Communion, remembering the promise Jesus gave and the commitment He requires of us. We have been redeemed by His death and resurrection. Now it is up to us to live new lives in Him.

Gracious God, thank You for loving us enough to give Yourself up that we might be saved. Strengthen our faith and send us to the world in Your name. Amen.

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