"As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments."
The Meaning of The Lord’s Supper
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, this is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Many homes have two sets of dishes. The everyday plates which are used for daily meals. The “good china,”however, is often stored in a cupboard or put on display. Sometimes it is more expensive than the ordinary plates, but it does not have to be. What sets it apart is its special use.
The Lord’s Supper is a sacred meal in the same way. The elements that comprise the church’s supper are ordinary, made up of things we might eat and drink on a daily basis. What sets the Lord’s Supper apart is its meaning. This sacred meaning was not an invention of the church but was assigned to the meal by Jesus on the night He instituted it with His disciples. The observance of the Lord’s Supper is a Christian practice handed down from Jesus to His disciples with instructions for them to continue it. Jesus commanded the church to observe this tradition as a rite of remembrance (vv. 24–25).
The Lord’s Supper focuses our attention on Jesus’ work on our behalf. Each element used in the meal highlights one aspect of this sacrifice. The bread points to the offering of Christ’s body, “which is for you” (v. 24). This language highlights the substitutionary nature of Christ’s death on the Cross. Jesus offered Himself on our behalf.
The cup points to Christ’s blood, reminding us of His life, death, and resurrection (see Lev. 17:11). Jesus took the cup of blessing during Passover with His disciples and told them to drink from it: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20; Matt. 26:27). The New Covenant, which was prophesied by Jeremiah, promised a transforming righteousness that would reorient lives toward God by changing the heart and providing forgiveness (Jer. 33:33–35).
My dear friend, the Lord’s Supper is simple, but it is not common. It reminds us that there is only one remedy for our sin: the work of Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection. Only Jesus’ death in your place can take the penalty of your sin. Only His resurrected life in the presence of the Father can cleanse your conscience and change your heart.
In earlier Christian times, believers called the Communion “the medicine of immortality.” Indeed, it is, the Lord’s Supper is a reminder and a marker of who we are as God’s New Covenant people in Christ. It’s not just something we do every once and a while that doesn’t really matter all that much. It’s a gracious gift of God that is tied directly to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It reminds us of it, encourages us in it, and makes it visible to us every time we celebrate it.
Next time you take the Lord’s Supper with God’s people think these things over and marvel at God’s grace in your life, even as you long for that day, in glory, when you will feast with Christ and His people in perfect joy and for all eternity. What a day will that be!
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13;14)
Our gracious God, our heavenly Father, we praise and thank you for your grace that through your Son Jesus Christ you established the Lord’s Supper in which we eat the bread and drink the wine as symbols of His life shared for us and our salvation.
By your Holy Spirit, help us to use this gift worthily, to confess and forsake our sins, to confidently believe that we are forgiven through Christ, and to grow in faith and love day by day until we come at last to the joy of eternal salvation. May we always remember with gratitude, devotion and obedience and do your will and eternal purposes. We humbly worship you and remember.
Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord we pray.
Blairgowrie Parish Church
is now open for Sunday Worship
Phone 01250 874715 or 07716 510605
Seating will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis. However, if we have reached our maximum when you make contact then you can opt to reserve a place for the following Sunday.
To reserve seats please contact Pamela Howat using the email or phone numbers detailed above. If phoning, please contact out-with 9am to 5pm, or leave a message with the required information.
Please ensure you leave your name, contact number and how many in your household will be attending. Reservations can be made from the Wednesday before each service until 9pm on the Saturday.
Online worship reservations are available at:
There is no charge for reserving seats.
If you choose to appear on the Sunday without a ‘reservation’ we will have to decline access, unless spaces are still available.
Please be aware that current COVID restrictions apply to all attending. This includes the wearing of a face covering, the observance of a 2m distance from other households at all times, the use of sanitiser, your contact details being used for "Test & Protect" and a ban on gathering outside the building. Please note that communal singing IS now permitted.
Full details are available as you enter the building or on the Scottish Government website.
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church's website.
We’re a Christian community in the beautiful Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
We are a church family of ordinary people who have experienced God’s love in Jesus. We seek to live and teach the Christian faith so that people can understand it and respond to the message it offers.
Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or baptism; exploring faith or simply planning to visit the area – come and visit us, we'd love to welcome you.
Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Our vision is of a Bible-based church that is vibrant with prayerful people who worship and serve Jesus Christ and attract others to follow Him.
Ephesians 1: 3-14
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Sunday,11th July 2021