The purpose of these guidelines is to create awareness and focus on the meaning and goal of the meal which Jesus left us, which we call Communion or Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper. Following these guidelines will help make your Table Talk more meaningful and Christ-focused. Jesus, himself, said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” And “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people….Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” Matthew 11:22-23.
The Lord’s Supper is about one thing only – Jesus.
Those presenting the Table Talk should treat it with the respect and awe that it deserves.
- Please never say, “I didn’t really think about what I was going to say until this morning….” Etc. It diminishes the importance that we should place on this.
- We really want you to pray about what you are going to say and begin preparing for it days before you give it.
- Charles de Foucauld said, “I must [offer my worship] with great care. It is my daily offering of fresh flowers to the Beloved Spouse.” Remember that you are preparing something for your “Beloved” – God.
Begin thinking about what you want to say by thinking about the Cross first. If you can draw a straight line from the Cross to what you want to say, you have a good and relevant thing to say.
These simple guidelines will help you out.
- Your talk should be only 3-5 minutes. Anything more is too long.
- Your talk should start with a personal experience, observation, or thought from which you talk about Jesus.
- However, avoid the temptation to wander around in self. Jesus is the focus.
- Don’t use the Table Talk to “teach.”
Thank you for sharing your Table Talk. These congregational “talks” are inspiring and encouraging to all LifeSpringers and a most important part of our congregational life.