Weekly Communion

 

Dear NR Family,

We are blessed to have 4 worship services each Sunday at North Raleigh. With multiple services, we have the opportunity to provide four different expressions of worship.

Our 8:30 and 11:15 worship services presently are identical services of worship. In conversation with the Worship Committee, we will be moving the 8:30 service to weekly Communion beginning September 8 to fulfill our United Methodist calling.

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Movement in the 18th century, required that every person called Methodist practice weekly Communion. The sacrament of Holy Communion is a “means of grace.” That is, as we tell the story of God’s saving act through the death and resurrection of Jesus each week, God’s transforming grace is at work.

John Wesley practiced weekly Communion and during certain parts of his life practiced daily communion. In his sermon, The Duty to Constant Communion, he says that:

The first reason why it (Holy Communion) is the duty of every Christian so to do is because it is a plain command of Christ. If therefore we have any regard for the plain command of Christ, if we desire the pardon of our sins, if we wish for strength to believe, to love and obey God, then we should neglect no opportunity of receiving the Lord’s Supper.”

My hope is to offer weekly Communion for the maturity of our souls. God’s grace is made evident in the breaking of bread and sharing of the cup. Please pray for the 8:30 service of worship that we may reach people hungry for the sacrament of Holy Communion and continue to experience God’s grace through this holy act.

Grace and Peace,
Duke

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