Psalm 105: 1-3
O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, Make known his deeds among the people,
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
A brief history of everything
Every time we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, the sacrament at the table, Holy Communion, the body and blood of Jesus, we answer the Psalmists plea. Make known Gods deeds among the people.
As we as a congregation consecrate the elements of bread and wine so that they may be for us the body and blood of Jesus, the means of grace, we tell a grand sweeping narrative. In a few short lines of dialogue we make known the God who was there at creation. We make known the God who freed Israel from bondage. We make known the God who spoke through the prophets. And most importantly we make known God’s mightiest deed, Jesus, who on the night in which he was betrayed…..
Every time we gather, we make known. And in that moment a wonderful thing happens. We find ourselves within those mighty acts of God as well. The last thing we do is make known the fact that God’s spirit is sent among us as a congregation, binding us through this holy action, to the grand story of salvation history that stretches all the way back to the dawn of time.
Next time we are all together in church, listen to the story. Hear us tell the mighty acts of God that stretch from creation, down through the prophets, to Jesus, and to us. Meditate on these words. Take them into your heart. Confidently hear your place within the story. And let your heart, as the Psalmist says, rejoice in this good news.
Pr. Daniel Joyner Miller