O Come to the Altar
October 5, 2018
By Suzanne Tucker, Assistant Director of Worship and Arts Ministry
Are you hurting and broken within, overwhelmed by the weight of your sin? Jesus is calling.
Have you come to the end of yourself? Do you thirst for a drink from the well? Jesus is calling.
Leave behind your regrets and mistakes. Come today, there’s no reason to wait.Jesus is calling.
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy. From the ashes a new life is born. Jesus is calling. O come to the altar; the Father’s arms are open wide.
Forgiveness was bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
The communion table invites a special type of reflection.
- It invites us to remember that we were dead in our sins. Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- It invites us to reflect on the condition of our heart.
“Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” – 1 Corinthians 11:28 We don’t need to be perfect to partake in the Lord’s Supper, but we need to be willing to ask Him to be the center of our lives.
- It invites us to lay down our regrets, ask forgiveness for our sins, and recognize that Christ has made us new again. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
- It invites us to look around at the other guests of the table. Do we recognize our reflection in them? Can we offer them the same grace that Christ offers us. “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Accept the invitation to the Lord’s table and you are accepting a most precious gift.