by Jeff A. Jenkins
Where I preach in Lewisville, Texas we have a phone tree software program that we use from time to time when we need to get a message to everyone in the church.
Today, I made a recording to inform our 450 families about a funeral that will take place tomorrow. It is a memorial service for a dear sister who has been a part of the church here for many years.
The phone tree is the best way to get the message out to every family, since not everyone uses email.
We use the phone tree sometimes to make announcements concerning events that come up in between newsletters, such as a death or a major surgery. The primary usage of the phone tree is to call families and leave reminders about special events.
We use it to remind our members about our Family Vacation Bible School, a seminar, or a special Sunday (i.e. Mission Sunday, Friends’ Day, etc). It is a simple tool, but it works very well as a great reminder.
The Lord’s Supper is a simple feast that serves as a great reminder for the people of God. It helps us focus on the fact that God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son (John 3:16) and he did that even when we were in sin (Romans 5:8).
We remember that God had a plan for his church before he created the world (Ephesians 3:10-11), that Jesus came into the world to save sinners (Luke 19:10), that Jesus died for our sins, was raised the third day, and he is now in Heaven serving as our mediator (1 Corinthians 4:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Jesus is also in Heaven preparing an eternal home for us (John 14:1-3) and someday he will come again and take us with him (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
The communion service is a powerful reminder that we are united in Christ and that we have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7-9). Paul told the church at Corinth that each time they gathered for the Lord’s Supper they were to eat the bread and drink the cup in “remembrance” of Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).
May God help us to use this powerful reminder to strengthen our lives and to grow closer to our Lord.
by Jeff A. Jenkins