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Posted on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog

Breaking Bread Thursday

Breaking Bread Thursday

It’s the middle of the day on Thursday, so it must be time for the Ozark United Methodist Church virtual table of fellowship.  Welcome…and thanks for joining as we experience the presence and power of the risen Christ in our connection with one another!

Whether the meal before you is a snack or a feast, please join me in this blessing prayer: “For good food and those who prepare it, for good friends with whom to share it, we thank you Lord. Amen.”

As we fellowship around the table today, I want to share one of my favorite passages of Scripture with you.

“5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself  and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”    (Philippians 2:5-11, NRSV)

Many feel Paul quoted here, at least in part, an early church hymn or statement of faith.  If that is the case, this is some of the very earliest Christian thinking about Jesus…less than a generation after his death and resurrection.  Kind of gives me goosebumps thinking about it.

Why do you think these words where important to those earliest believers? What’s important for us to learn and know from them?  What’s one thing you will try to do differently throughout the rest of this day because of these words?  Feel free to share your thoughts, or respond to what others may have shared, at the bottom of the page.

Keep OUMC in your prayers today.  Pray the church’s mission and ministry beyond the four walls of our facility.  Pray for our local missions partners: Least of These Food Pantry and the Christian County Domestic Violence Shelter.

Your partner on the journey,

Pastor Steve

4 Comments

  1. I often imagine those first generation followers of Christ grappling with how different the whole Messiah thing turned out from what they had expected. I think part of the reason these words might have been important enough to them that they started using them as a part of their worship gatherings is because it represents such a big “Aha” moment. It was a way to express that “light bulb” moment when they finally saw how much more God had in mind for Messiah Jesus to do/accomplish…how much better off they, and the world, were for it.

  2. I agree with you on the goosebumps and the Aha moment. It is such a mind-boggling idea that Jesus would so humble himself for us, even unto death on the cross. I would say that the part that gives me the most goosebumps is that “every knee should bend” and “every tongue should profess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.” Shout it out!

    • Welcome to the table Kirk. Yes, and humbled by what Jesus was willing to do for you and me! If Jesus was willing to do that, how much more should I be willing to “consider others as well as myself.”

  3. Thanks for gathering everyone. Keep OUMC in your prayers, and have a great rest of the day!

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