Sacraments

Leanne VanDyk

READ : Mark 14:22-25
Mark 1:9-11
Romans 6:3-4

Do this in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19)

Read: Belgic Confession, Articles 33-35

The sacraments are like gifts from a gracious, generous parent. But these are not gifts to children that already have everything they need. The sacraments are like gifts to hungry, needy children. God gives us the sacraments in order to feed our faith, because God knows that our faith is often weak and frail. The sacraments are like food to us. God is the hospitable host, pulling out the chair for us and saying, “Here, sit right down. You obviously need to eat.”

Baptism nourishes us because the Holy Spirit unites us to the community of faith and gives us a brand new identity. Everything that Jesus Christ has accomplished for our salvation becomes ours. Baptism is a powerful moment of God’s grace, a moment when the whole community takes solemn promises to support and care for the new brother or sister.

The Lord’s Supper nourishes us because the Holy Spirit unites us to Jesus Christ. We receive Christ, with thanksgiving, when we receive the bread and the cup of the Lord’s Supper, remembering the Lord’s death just as he instructed us. Bread and wine and water are all ordinary, physical things in this world. It is God who fills them with spiritual nourishment by his own promise.

PRAYER

Thank you for your generosity to us in the sacraments, loving God, our Father. Help us to spread your hospitality out to others, in Christ’s name. Amen.