Soul Food

Soul Food

"Our LORD Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, took the bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.'"
"In the same way also he took the cup after supper, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and said, 'Take, drink of this, all of you. This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.'" (1 Corinthians 11:23-25; Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20)

The Large Catechism describes the Lord's Supper as "soul food" for it nourishes and strengthens Christians. For in the first instance, we are born anew through baptism. However, our human flesh and blood, as I have said, have not lost their old skin. There are so many hindrances and attacks of the devil and the world that we often grow weary and faint and at times even stumble. Therefore the Lord's Supper is given as daily food and sustenance so that our faith may be refreshed and strengthened and that it may not succomb in the struggle but become stronger and stronger. For the new life should be one that continually develops and progresses. But it has to suffer a great deal of oppression. The devil is a furious enemy; when he sees that we resist him and attack the old creature, and when he cannot rout us by force, he sneaks and skulks about at every turn, trying all kinds of tricks, and does not stop until he has finally worn us out so that we either renounce our faith or lose heart. and become indifferent or impatient. For times like these, when our heart feels too sorely pressed, this comfort of the Lord's Supper is given to bring us new strength and comfort. (LC V.23-27).

Jesus knows what his disciples need. He gives us himself for the forgiveness of sins. He is the soul food for you. Christ said, "Take, eat; this is my body. Take, drink of this, all of you. This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins, etc."

The Lord's Supper is more than meets the eye. It is not just bread and wine. It is the true body and blood of the LORD Christ, in and under the bread and wine, which we Christians are commanded by Christ's word to eat and drink (LC V.8). We trusts Christ's words in this supper that he instituted one day before Good Friday. The bread is truly his body. The wine is truly his blood. Christ's lips speak and say, so it is (LC V.14).

For in this sacrament he offers us all the treasures he brought from heaven for us, to which he most graciously invites us in other places, as when he says in Matthew 11:28: "Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Surely it is a sin and a shame that, when he so tenderly and faithfully summons and exhorts us for our highest and greatest good, we regard it with such disdain, neglecting it so long that we grow quite cold and callous and lose all desire and love for it. We must never regard the sacrament asa  harmful thing from which we should flee, but as a pure, wholesome, soothing medicine that aids you and gives life in both soul and body. For where the soul is healed, the body is helped as well (LC V.66-68).

The Small Catechism raises the question who, then, receives this sacrament worthily? Answer:

Fasting and bodily preparation are in face a fine external discipline, but a person who has faith in these words, "given for you" and "shed for you for the forgiveness of sins," is really worthy and well prepared. However, a person who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, because the words "for you" require truly believing hearts. (SC VI.9-10).

 

Prior to admission to the Lord's Supper, it is necessary to be instructed in the Christian faith. If you are not a member of our church please talk to the pastor before worship and prior to receiving communion (1 Corinthians 4:1; 11:28) or contact us. We use the Small Catechism for discipleship.

Summer Bible Camp

Summer Bible Camp

One of the greatest parts of the summer in New England is the opportunity to go to summer Bible camp. Pineshore Bible Camp is one of several great Bible camps in New England.

Pineshore Bible Camp is located on Wyman Pond in Westminster, MA and it overlooks beautiful Mount Wachusett. It is an overnight camp for grades 3 through first year of college. They have three different age specific weeks available during the summer. Each week of Bible camp is lead by pastors and is well-staffed to be safe for children and youth. Learn more here.

Bible App

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Bible App

The Bible App is a free online Bible with dozens of translations and a large number of reading plans. This Bible works on iOS and Android devices and it can also be viewed through your web browser.

Part of growing your faith is regularly spending time in God's Word. The Bible App can email you readings or reminders to spend time in the Bible.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:105)

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Luther's Small Catechism

Luther's Small Catechism

Written by Martin Luther in 1529 in question and answer format, the Small Catechism explores the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar. Also included are daily prayers, a table of duties for Christians in their various callings in life, and a guide for Christians to use as they prepare to receive Holy Communion. Luther intended the catechism to be a prayer book for individuals and families and a powerful tool for the Christian life because it provides a brief, clear summary of God’s Word on the essentials of the Christian faith.

This book is used during Junior High for our two year confirmation. The Bible and the Small Catechism is a good tool for adults exploring the Christian faith.

Youth and Adult Journaling Bible

Youth and Adult Journaling Bible

The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study every day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features 2-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God's Word.

This is a great Bible with a reading plan at the back that you can use for your daily devotions. During each reading you can circle, underline and reflect on what God's Word was saying to you.

Faith Alive Student Bible

Faith Alive Student Bible

The next good Bible beyond a children's Bible is a student Bible. This full-color student Bible was created especially for students ages 8 and older and is full of features designed to introduce them to the wonderful messages and promises in God’s Word.

Unique features of the Faith Alive Bible include:
 
Who, What, When, Where and Why
These boxes are spread throughout the Bible and provide facts on the who, what, when, where, and why of God’s Word and the story of salvation.  Find out more about the real people, places, and life in Bible times.
4U: (For You)
Every word in the Bible is loaded with meaning for everyone, but these boxes will help you understand what certain passages mean FOR YOU personally.

Cross Connections
As you read through the Bible, you will find many verses that remind you that Jesus’ death on the cross connects you back to God—which gives you forgiveness, life and salvation.  In many placed, a brief note is included explaining a particular Cross Connection.

Section and Books of the Bible Introductions
The Faith Alive Bible is divided into six sections.  The beginning of each section includes information about the books contained in the section.  There is also an introduction on the first page of each book of the Bible that gives you the big picture about the content of that book, including the author, dates, main themes, and significant events.

Articles and Charts
The Faith Alive Bible is loaded with great information to help you better understand God’s Word for your life.  You will find colorful and informative articles and charts through the Bible, between the Testaments, and between books or chapters of the Bible.

Timelines and Maps
The events recorded in God’s Word are real.  Look at the timelines to see the history of your salvation.  Colorful maps help you see where these events took place and where those locations are found in the world today.

Glossary
These pages help you with words in the Bible that you may not know.

 

The New Children's Bible

The New Children's Bible

This popular Bible is written for children and parents. It ideal for children ages 4-7. Parents can use this illustrated Bible to read to their children. The text is designed to be enjoyed by children as well as the adults who read it to them. There are high quality pictures on every page. Let the real adventure of the Bible shine through using a solid children's Bible.

Parents should have realistic expectations. Don’t feel bad if you miss a day. Family schedules are busy in greater Boston. Sometimes a little hug, a short prayer and the words, “I love you and Jesus loves you more" share God's love with a toddler and a sippy cup as effectively as a little Bible story.

It's important to match your devotion time to the attention span and developmental level of your child. This book can help. Look at the Bible story through the eyes of your child and ask, “How will this devotion help her grow with Jesus?” Teaching your children is a marathon not a 40 yard dash.