Give Thanks to the Lord
by Pastor Jocelyn Carson | May 3, 2011
Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good: God’s mercy endures forever! Psalm 118:1
On Easter we heard thankful words from Psalm 118. In our thanksgiving we also express the trust and the hope that God will continue to be with us. With the psalmist we declare: “The Lord is my strength and my song and has become my salvation.” For the next six weeks followers of Jesus will continue to celebrate the glorious Resurrection. I am really glad about that because we will have the opportunity to continue singing the great Easter hymns of the church. One day is not enough for the stories and songs of Easter!
In April, I taught Holy Communion classes for our Sunday school children. For some of them it was a review of the “Fed and Forgiven” class we had a year ago and for some it was their introduction to the joys of Holy Communion. During the Easter season we will welcome Isaiah and Nikaela Perez and Kylie and Ryan Austin to the Lord’s Table. As we share in the feast of our Lord, we each have opportunity to experience God’s welcoming grace and forgiveness new each Sunday.
As followers of Jesus, we are not ever finished learning about Holy Communion. Whether it is on Sunday morning with the community of faith or in a hospital room with a patient and their family, God is present and real for us in the Body and the Blood. We taste and see God’s love, we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, we give thanks for God’s grace, we celebrate with the community of the faithful in every time and place and we look forward to feasting with God and all the saints in all eternity.
On Maundy Thursday, we heard the words from Saint Paul to the Corinthians: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26) During this glorious Easter season, we also proclaim Christ’s Resurrection each Sunday when we feast at the Lord’s Table. All are welcome as we celebrate and give thanks!
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Easter blessings of peace and joy,