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The Cup Of Blessing, The Bread We Break

"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?  The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?  Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we partake of the one bread." -- 1 Corinthians 10: 16-17

As I read the NT scripture this morning, I heard the words we use at Grace when we send forth Lay Eucharistic Ministers from services the third Sunday of each month to carry the sacrament out to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are unable to come worship with us.

"We who are many are one body, because we share in one bread, one cup."

Every now and again, I pull out my "license to drive" as a LEM.  I carry it with me in my little black leather portfolio because it is important to me.  It serves to remind me about an important aspect of who I am, what I do, and why.  More importantly, it says who I work for.  No, not the clergy of Grace Church, and not the Bishop of The Diocese of Virginia.  I says I work for God.  

I am honored and privileged to carry out the sacrament to the sick and home-bound; to serve at the altar of Grace Church or elsewhere; to lead the prayers or a bible study; to sing in the choir; to serve in the sacristy, to work with others to feed the hungry at a nearby shelter; to visit with others in a quiet, pastoral way; and to sit with children in silence as they make their own anglican prayer beads.  

God has blessed me abundantly, and I am called to serve God's people out of those blessings.  Because of those blessings.  Blessings that come from the bread broken and a cup shared.  We, who are many are one body.  The Body of Christ.  

Thanks be to God.  Amen.