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December 16, 2013

The Message of the Table: Creating and Sustaining Life (Jan 2012)

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By Keith Brenton

At a time when there was nothing, God created.[1] He created the heavens and the earth … light and darkness … waters and land … life and vegetation … vessels of light in the heavens … fish and fowl … beast and beastmaster, mankind. That’s what the first chapter of Genesis tells us. Written many years later, the first chapter of John’s gospel tells us that everything was made through Jesus – yet the world He made did not recognize Him.

Yet from the beginning, God must have known what He would ask mankind to accept on faith, and how we would fail Him. On the third day, when He created trees, He must have known that their wood could be used to create a cross. When He created vines, He must have known that their fruit could be used to fill a cup of blessing. When He created grains, He must have known that the bread made from them could be used to strengthen the body.

So from the beginning, He provided for our failure with His success. He provided for our hunger and need with His sufficiency. He provided for our nothing with everything. He provided His own body and blood to buy ours back from sin and self. And on the third day, He lived again so that we could live forever.

A Prayer for the Bread
Glorious God and author of all creation … thank You for using your unlimited knowledge, wisdom, power and love to create a world of beauty[2] even in view of the ugliness that could be brought to it. Help us to recognize You in it. Thank You for this bread that we have made from what You have made. Help us recognize You in it. Thank you most of all for Your Son, Whom it represents: the bread of heaven,[3] broken for us. Help us recognize Him in it as He brings this prayer to you. Amen.

A Prayer for the Cup
Thank You, Creator God, for setting eternity in our hearts[4] even though we cannot fathom what You have done from beginning to end. Help us to recognize You where creation testifies of Your infinite love. Thank you for the contents of this cup, which we have distilled from what You have poured out: life and blessing through the blood of Jesus Christ.[5] Help us always recognize Him in it as He bears this thanksgiving to Your throne. Amen.

1. Genesis 1

2. Ecclesiastes 3:11

3. John 6:29-59

4. Ecclesiastes 3:11

5. John 6:29-59

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