The Great Fifty Days

posted Apr 9, 2013, 9:57 AM by David Hawkins
The Season between Easter Sunday and Pentecost is sometimes referred to as "The Great Fifty Days". It is a 'week of weeks', a holy number of days during which we celebrate the Passover of Death, the gift off eternal life given to us by our Resurrected Lord.

During this season, we will be focusing on Communion. It may seem strange to choose to concentrate on the Lord's Supper during Easter, but that's exactly why we are doing it. Communion is much more than just a memorial meal, observing Christ's last hours on earth. Communion is also a confession of our faith in a living Lord, a participation in his blessing for us right now, and our anticipation of the fulfillment of His promise of eternal life with him. In other words, communion is the act in which we take into our bodies and our souls the everlasting covenant that God has established in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

For the next few weeks we will explore the different ways that our lives as Christians flow from the Easter Table: 
  • April 14th: The Easter Table is our source of Sustenance: The Disciples are fed by Jesus after his resurrection
  • April 21st: The Easter Table is our source of Comfort: A view of the eternal banquet in Revelation, a place where every tear is wiped away.
  • April 28th: The Easter Table is our source of Discipleship: At Jesus last meal before his arrest, he gives the commandment to love and to serve
  • May 5th: The Easter Table is our source of Peace: At Jesus' last meal with his disciples, he gives them peace. Also during this service we will celebrate Karen Sandlin's 25 years as Organist for First Presbyterian Church. We will be joined by Tulia Presbyterian Church.
  • May 12th: The Easter Table is our source of Freedom: In Jesus Christ we learn about true freedom; We will also celebrate Youth Sunday
Each Sunday of the Great Fifty days, we will celebrate communion, including one Sunday in which we will be using wine (as well as grape juice) for the elements. Gluten free bread will be served for each service.

God's Blessings on you this Easter Season!

David


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