After finishing yesterday’s blog post, I realized one more “come messy” invitation from Christ: coming to His table to celebrate the Lord’s supper.
One of the things I love about celebrating communion often at our church is the continual reminder to come messy… However you are in that given day, you’re invited to receive the grace and hope and renewal found in the meal. I love when I have the chance to view this celebration of messiness from the front as a communion assistant for many reasons.
First of all, I get to hear what this meal is all about over and over again through the words of hope shared with each member of the family: The body of Christ FOR YOU … And for you…. And for you… The blood of Christ shed for the forgiveness of ALL your sins… And now may the eating of this meal KEEP, STRENGTHEN, and PRESERVE you… Depart in PEACE. These words echo person after person, table after table, burrowing deeper and deeper into my own heart.
The other thing I love is remembering as we come that God doesn’t tell us to fix our lives and be perfect before we show up for supper, rather he invites is messy. When I think about the many things I know various friends and congregation members are going through in life as they walk to the table, it’s so beautiful to realize we’re all in the same boat. While our struggles vary and our sin is expressed in different ways, as we step up to the altar we all share this in common: we need Jesus.
And what a beautiful truth to know, as our Pastor reminds us each time, that Jesus comes in that very moment, present to meet that need. Jesus himself came “messy”, bloodied and broken so that he might clean up the mess we make and live in. And so the invitation stands, come just as you are, even if it is a little messy.
“This is the Table, not of the Church, but of the Lord.
It is made ready for those who love Him, and for those who want to love Him more.
So come, you who have much faith and you who have little.
You who have been here often and you who have not been here long.
You who have tried to follow and you who have failed.
Come, because it is the Lord who invites you.
It is His will that those who want Him should meet Him here.”
~ Renovatus Church Communion Liturgy