2015-8-23 Sermon by Tezenlo Thong “Corpus Christi”

Corpus Christi

John 6:56-69

“Corpus Christi” in Latin means the Body of Christ. At the continued requests of Juliana of Liege, Pope Urban IV instituted the Festival of Corpus Christi in 1264. The festival is a celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Surprisingly, the Bible does not say much about the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus said very little about it. The only imperative statement comes from Luke 22:19, “Do this in remembrance of me.” More surprisingly, the partaking of Corpus Christi has been the deepest point of division in the church. There is so much pain and discord around the celebration. There are many differing views and theological beliefs about communion, especially about the supposed nature of the bread and the wine on the table of fellowship.

The institution of Corpus Christi is not meant for theological dispute and schism. When we celebrate communion, we say, “Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ.” We partake communion so that we may become for the world the hands, the feet and the heart of God. By partaking the body and the blood of Christ, we become God’s hands, feet and heart to serve, to heal and to love as God would. That’s all it is!

Our bodies have limitations. Our bodies do not look like the ones we see in magazines. Rather, ours is a broken one. It has aches and pains. It is wrinkled and worn out. But our bodies can still be the body of Christ. They can still be the hands, the feet and the heart of God in the world. The scars, wounds, pains and aches in our bodies enable us to identify with others in similar situations. Without these, we cannot empathize with the broken, the scarred and the wounded. So each morning as we wake up, our prayer ought to be “Thank you, God, for yet one more day in which I can be your hands, your feet, your heart in the world.”

Tezenlo Thong, Pastor
Simpson United Methodist Church


Messages received from Sermon “Death Has No Victory” by Ann Henderson

 

We were blessed to receive Ann Henderson’s first sermon at Simpson UMC.

Death Has No Victory

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Some of the messages received by the congregation are:

  • Be humble in your suffering.
  • Small quiet deeds.
  • Its the small humble deeds we express and we accomplish that will give us victory over death.
  • Peace.
  • Live for Christ and death will have no victory.
  • We have eternal life to look forward to.
  • Live life to the fullest and humbly.
  • Be humble and consider what is really important in life.
  • Consider what impact you have on other people in your deeds and words.

A personal note to Ann Henderson:  One person in a group of people brought up his anticipation of hearing you speak again and the group agreed that your next message is welcome,  your message today was very thoughtful and meditative and uplifting.  Good job we received much from your message.