Sunday morning, I was ready to leave with the choir who was singing at a church in another county when I remembered that I had left a bag in the gym (where we hold worship) that contained elements for a “Bread and Cup Service.”  I spoke with our elder who would be conducting the service that day.  She was happy to be able to do a Bread and Cup Service with our members because the lesson from the Lifeway curriculum–that we use–was teaching about the Last Supper.

Because of the diversity of denominations that we represent, we do not observe communion.  However, during camp and when appropriate, we mimic the Salvation Army’s “Bread and Cup Service.”  Because our members are visual and tactical learners, we often use practical applications to teach the weekly lesson.  In preparing this lesson, I could think of no better illustration than to have a time where our members obeyed Jesus when He said, “Do this to remember me.”

We don’t often think about the importance of this time as a memory boaster.  Those of us whose cognitive abilities are swift and large, argue about the true significance and the power of the elements.  Our members were eager to simply “remember” in a concrete, tangible way.  I had explained to them that in the days of Jesus, there were no cell-phone cameras or videos.  However, God again and again told His people:  “Remember.”

Yet, each time we are told by God to remember, He gives us a practical, active illustration that mimics the actual events.  Baptism, Passover, Feast of Booths, communion all teach with activity.  Most of the time, God incorporates a time of feasting to make the observance of this godly event more enjoyable.

The blessings of the Lord and the remembrances are often mingled with sad events.  However, the Lord wants us to relish His provision and His blessings and He give us an active symbol to help us to remember.