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Remember or Dismember
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I’ve recently moved to St. Louis and have had to find a new church home. The church I’ve chosen, because of its friendliness, Christ-like members, activity and amount of small groups, encourages new members to attend membership classes. These classes ultimately lead to baptism by water for non-baptized members and helps joining members get to know other new people. It’s also an opportunity to go over doctrine that may have been forgotten.

Last week’s class dealt with communion – which is one of my favorite things we do to observe this gift from Jesus.

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me” (Luke 22:19).

This communion (the act of remembering by doing a task) can also be defined another way – the act or an instance of sharing, as of thoughts or feelings. We can commune with God on a vertical level and we can commune with people around us on a horizontal level. Both are really important to us when it comes to maintaining a well-balanced life.


But we weren’t finished learning about what it means to remember through communion. The pastor introduced us to something that often happens in a church family that does the opposite of remembering or communing. It’s the act of dis-membering. Dismember is defined as to cut, tear or pull off the limbs of, to divide into pieces. I don’t know about you. But I’ve never seen this happen in church – or have I?

Gossip is probably the most deadly form of dismembering. It can destroy a person’s life. It can separate them from the church family that should be inviting them to closer communion. The fact that Christ died for us and invited us to remember it through the act of communion is going to be lost on any person that we dismember through the use of our tongues, which have been compared to a two-edged sword, perfect for dismembering.

Stop the bloodshed or dismemberment by remembering the blood that was shed for us by Jesus.

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