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Lord's Supper: Do This in Remembrance of Me
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Sunday, September 24
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Wednesday, September 27 | 6:30 PM

Lord's Supper: "Do This in Remembrance of Me"


We believe that the Lord's Supper is an ordinance of the Lord in which gathered believers eat bread, signifying Christ's body given for His people, and drink the cup of the Lord, signifying the New Covenant in Christ's blood. We do this in remembrance of the Lord, and thus proclaim His death until He comes. Those who eat and drink in a worthy manner partake of Christ's body and blood, not physically, but spiritually, in that, by faith, they are nourished with the benefits He obtained through His death, and thus grow in grace. (Desert Springs Church Elders' Statement of Faith, section 13.4)

Notes on the Lord's Supper from 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

  • The Need for the Lord's Supper: Forgetfulness (verse 25)

  • The Purpose of the Lord's Supper: Remembrance (verse 25)

  • The Symbolism of the Lord's Supper: Death (verse 26)

  • The Promise of the Lord's Supper: "I Will"

    But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
    – Jeremiah 31:33 (ESV)

  • The Frequency of the Lord's Supper: As Often as You Do (verse 25)

  • The Carefulness of the Lord's Supper: Examination (verses 27-31)

Word Study on "Remember"
One of the key parts of Lord's Supper is that Jesus commanded us to "remember" Him:

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
– Luke 22:19 (ESV)

Some word study background work helps a lot here. In Hebrew, remembering (the verb zakar) is not recalling a fact learned in one's past. Rather it is meditating on, paying attention to, even doing something for the thing or person being remembered.

Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.
– Genesis 30:22 (ESV)

Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
– Exodus 20:8 (ESV)

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
– Psalm 63:5-6 (ESV)

Remembering is a key part of the New Testament as well. Jesus and Paul use a Greek word for "remember," of course, and often the Greek word means the same as our English word, "to recall a fact learned in the past." But sometimes Jesus and Paul use the word "remember" in its Hebrew sense:

Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
– Galatians 2:10 (ESV)

Remembering in the Hebrew sense is, in our country today, a lost art. It is a lost art for several reasons.

  • Remembering in the biblical sense often means meditation. Meditation, in evangelical circles, often gets a bad rap, because we think of transcendental meditation or new age spiritualism.

  • It is a lost art because to be an American these days means to be an individual, and being part of remembering something corporately means some kind of "corporation." Institutions and traditions get a bad rap these days.

  • Corporate remembering is a lost art because history gets a bad rap. A lot of Christians get the latest news, or at least follow their current bands/singer, authors, or politicians. We often know a lot about the last 24 hours or week, but virtually nothing about our history (whether its national, ethnic, or family history).

Jesus, at the Last Supper with his disciples, asks them, and us, to remember Him. This means to meditate, often, on the gift and grace of his body and blood. And to let that affect not only our intellect but our emotions and even our actions, the ways in which we treat others for instance.

News/Events


Join Our Newcomers Reception This Sunday
September 17, 2017
If you are new to Desert Springs Church (DSC), please join us this Sunday for a reception held after each service in the Conference Room where you can meet some of our leadership and ask questions.
SNAP Silent Auction
Taking Donations Now
It's time again to start preparing for our annual silent auction for SNAP. Do you have a new product or service to donate? Email Alicia Whitacre.
Why Attend a Community Group?
Join Anytime
God did not intend for us to do life on our own. God created us to live in relationship and community with other Christians. Those relationships are where we grow, are cared for, encouraged, find comfort, are exhorted, and where we can flesh out and deal with the issues of life. It's where Christ centered friendships are forged and deepened. It's where we challenge each other to live for the glory of God and not our own. It's where we study God's word and ask questions. It's where we are challenged to live and proclaim the gospel to those God brings into our lives.

For more information stop by the Community Group kiosk after either service or check out the groups map.
Appointing New Elder-Pastor
End of September
After over a year serving as an elder candidate we are pleased to put Tim Hickman before our church body for appointment to eldership. Our process of evaluation is careful and includes an opportunity for the DSC body to express any concern that the elders may not know of. Questions or comments can be communicated on a tear-off tab or by emailing any of the current elders. Barring any unforeseen concern raised at this stage, we will officially commission Tim after allowing three weeks for any feedback from the congregation.
Get Connected with Email
E-Newsletter and Blogs
There are great ways to stay connected at DSC. The E-Newsletter, published once each month, features articles on the things we're doing and growing in together at DSC. Several blogs are also published on a regular basis - General, Missions, or Music. Subscribe to any of these email connections by using the Communications Card portion of the bulletin and dropping it off in an offering box or at the DSC's "Subscribe" page.
Praying for You, Praying with You – DSC Prayer Force
Email a Request and/or Join Us
The DSC Prayer Force is a dedicated group of DSC members committed to praying for you. If you have a prayer request, email the Prayer Force. Your request will be forwarded to the Prayer Force, and handled with the greatest of care, prayer, and confidentiality. Requests can also be submitted by calling the church office at 505.797.8700, or by filling out the Communication Card and dropping it into the boxes in the back of the Worship Center. If you would like to join the Prayer Force, send an email to the Prayer Force.
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