Revelation and Response (15)

Knowledge of God is the result of the divine initiative, to which man responds by self-committal to God, entering through Christ into a holy fellowship. “We love, because He first loved us.” That is the sequence of this worship: the revelation of God in holy Scripture, and the response of His children in the fellowship of the great prayer.

—William D. Maxwell, Concerning Worship, 38

Come to the Table 14

The Lord’s Supper was never conceived in the early Church, as it came to be by some in later times, as a solemn wake held in sad remembrance of One who died. From the beginning it was a meal of fellowship, dominated by thanksgiving offered in praise, wonder, and adoration of the Lord of life who had broken the bonds of death and was alive for evermore, really and eternally present with His people.

—William D. Maxwell, Concerning Worship, 14

Come to the Table 8

The eucharist became the showing forth of the death of One whom death could not hold.. .. The Lord’s Supper was celebrated not on Thursday night, the time of its institution, or on Friday afternoon, the time when our Lord died upon the Cross, but on Sunday morning, the time of His resurrection.

—William D. Maxwell, Concerning Worship, 13

The Significance of the Supper

The Lord’s Supper was never conceived in the early Church, as it came to be by some in later times, as a solemn wake held in sad remembrance of One who died.  From the beginning it was a meal of fellowship, dominated by thanksgiving offered in praise, wonder, and adoration of the Lord of life who had broken the bonds of death and was alive for evermore, really and eternally present with His people.

—William D. Maxwell, Concerning Worship, 14