House church

8/24/2008 3:23:07 PM by: Elsi

We had a practice house church this afternoon, to let people know what house church is like. It reminds me of "pretend company," which is how my parents decided to teach me company manners when I was small. We used the good china, invited close friends, and let me practice. Of course, I greeted them at the door with, "You're not real company! We're only pretending!" Anyway, this was almost real house church ... except it wasn't at a house. We had about 25 adults plus kids, served pizza and pop, had a lesson, and answered questions about house church. And I led the Communion time. I'd been thinking about remembering anyway, partly because of Lady, and partly because I've been scrapbooking my summer travels. So I delved into the Bible to see what the Lord had to say about remembering. Then I asked the "pretend house church" folks what they did to remember their summer activities. And the Lord made a perfect match between the two! "I collect feathers, or pick up rocks." In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever. (Joshua 4) "I take pictures." I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9) "I write it down." Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered …." (Exodus 17) "I get souvenirs." God said to Moses: “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: '”Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them." (Numbers 15) "We talk about it." The LORD decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. (Psalm 78) And, of course, when Jesus instituted Communion at the Last Supper, He asked us to do these things to remember Him--remember what He did, what He is doing, what He will continue to do.



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