with angels and archangels


Since September, I have been assisting Grace Lutheran Church, in Mastic Beach NY. If you’ve ever wondered where Pastor Erb is every other Sunday, now you know. The Bishop of the Atlantic District approached me and Pastor Browning to see if this arrangement would work out. We decided to give it a go - and so far, so good. I certainly miss seeing all my friends from Resurrection on those Sundays that I’m not here, but rest assured I am working hard to help the good people at Grace.

Which got me thinking recently. While I’m an hour away, leading services, preaching, leading Bible Studies, and distributing the Lord’s Supper, you are all doing the same thing here at Resurrection. While that doesn’t seem very novel, it’s quite profound when you consider the words the Pastor speaks during Communion. It’s called the Proper Preface, and it begins “It is truly good, right, and salutary…” and ends “evermore praising God and saying.”

But the line I’m thinking of goes like this: “therefore, with angels, and archangels, and all the company of heaven.” Have you ever stopped to think about what we are proclaiming here? At the very moment we are receiving the Lord’s Supper, we are joining together with the angels of God in praising our Creator. We are joining with every sinner who’s been forgiven in praising our Savior. We are joining with every Saint who has lived, is alive today, and will live tomorrow. We join with them in a mysterious way, through the love and promise and glory of our God. We join with all God’s people in singing the praises and receiving the gifts from our King.

There is more happening during Communion than you can see. God has made us all “one body” with Christ as our head, and that means we are never by ourselves. We are always connected to one another--to everyone who calls on the name of the Lord. We confess in the Apostles’ Creed that we believe in the “catholic church and the communion of saints”! And so, whether I’m an hour away, or you are 1,000 miles away worshiping on vacation, we are always together with Christ.