When Jesus walked among the people of Palestine he made a simple declaration: The kingdom of God is near.
As he spoke and taught, healed and delivered people from illness and spiritual oppression he demonstrated the power of the kingdom of God to change and transform lives.
That change and transformation continues today. Jesus continues to offer the kingdom with all its power to those who believe.
But the kingdom represents more than this. It represents hope. Hope that the present age is not all that there is. hope that the pain and suffering of today is not what defines us, but that there is far more to life than this.
Through his miracles and through his death and his resurrection, Jesus offers us hope.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen
Communion is a celebration of the hope we have in Christ. hope that says that life is not as it should be, but one day all things will change. Hope that says that death is not the end (I am the resurrection and the life) but that life goes on into eternity.