Wood Shavings

Some people who know me well, probably many, say that I am accident prone.  I disagree on principle, sort of.  I like to think of myself as having more “adventures” than many other people.  My “adventures” have including impact with elk, deer, turkey, dirt, trees, and just about every other form of thing it is possible to run into.  These adventures have led me to be a proponent of ALWAYS wearing a helmet.

Monday night I added another adventure.  Riding my bicycle home in the drizzle after dark, with lights on my bike, I decided to go around a street sweeper as I went over a vehicle bridge.  (I will try to keep to the essential details.)  To go around the street sweeper I had to ride over tram tracks.  These tracks are like small railroad tracks that are normally flush to the road surface, but also include somewhat large voids in the asphalt on both sides of the track.

The short story is that I tried to ride over the track, but my tire slipped on the track and followed the void between the track and the asphalt.  I crashed pretty hard.  Lets just say my left side is “damaged”, but nothing broken.  My shoulder hurts the most, but what scared me was looking at my helmet.  I had no idea I hit my head until I looked at the helmet.  I only thought to look at the helmet because part of it popped off on impact.  The moral of the story is ALWAYS wear your helmet if you tend to experience adventures.

Denise said my guardian angels, if it works this way, must be exhausted every day protecting me.  In the pasts she has said I probably have an extra detail assigned to me.  The truth must be that God is not done with me yet here on earth, kind of a duh statement.  I provide many opportunities through my adventures to lead to meeting God sooner rather than later in heaven.  God’s protection, my helmet, and your prayers must be working overtime.

I could write a book, meaning lots to tell, about our last service at the InterNational Church of Wroclaw (INCW).  We observed the Lord’s Supper for the first time together.  As I spent weeks preparing for the service I sensed it would be a seminal moment for us.  For three weeks we studied all the passages related to the Last (Lord’s) Supper.  The Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22 give us the story of the Last Supper.  In 1 Corinthians 10 and 11 Paul give us some details about how the 1st century church was observing the Lord’s Supper.

Spending so much focused time on these passage was truly enriching.  As I sought to understand how we were to observe the Lord’s Supper it became my conviction that we were to find a unique method.  The point was not to be different, but to conduct the service in such a way that everyone was united through the unique method.  (Ok, I will admit that I love getting “outside of the box”.)

I won’t bore you further with the details.  But we essentially conducted an abbreviated Seder service.  Additionally we took the unleavened bread from one piece for unity (1 Corinthians 10:17), held the bread while we shared testimony of remembering Jesus body, then we ate together.  We drank the white grape juice in the same way, pored from one cup (was more of a pitcher), with testimonies, and drank together.  We finished with singing together just as recorded on the Mark 14 passage.

Enough for now, but I could go on and on.  Remembering Jesus sacrifice for us to establish the New Covenant is amazing and wonderful.  Let me know if you would like to receive our study guides from the whole process.

Thanks for praying.