Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Showing Gratitude for the Lord’s Evening Meal: Are You Ready?

As Jehovah’s Witnesses, we cherish the Lord’s Evening Meal, instituted by Jesus during the Passover of 33 C.E., the night he was taken away to be executed. There is much planning and preparation that go in to this observance, which Jesus Christ instituted that evening in place of the Passover.

This year’s Memorial will take place on Friday, April 3rd. Are you ready? Read on to see what you can do to prepare for this very important occasion.

Prepare Your Heart, Cultivate Gratitude

Feelings of gratitude are generated by thoughts. To help us build our appreciation for the ransom, we have a special Bible reading schedule which starts on Sunday, March 29th. Whether reading this memorial Bible reading on your own or discussing it with others during Family Worship, focus on the passages having to do with the institution of this observance and the ransom that was made for the forgiveness of all our sins. Helpful resources:

This is also the time to give thanks for all that you have been blessed with, as Jesus does in Matthew 26:26, 27. One of the things to be most thankful for is the ransom itself, for it has afforded us all the opportunity of eternal life. Utilize the days leading up to the Memorial to reflect on this. Pondering over the final days of Jesus’ earthly life and meditating on Jesus’ self-sacrificing spirit will motivate us to imitate him.

Personally reflect on how the ransom has benefited you and affected your view of Jehovah, yourself, others, and the future. You will also find it advantageous to practice singing the two songs that will be used at the Memorial, numbers 8 and 109.

Prepare Yourself, Demonstrate Gratitude

The Apostle Paul urges: “Show yourselves thankful” (Colossians 3:15). During this time of year, many families express their gratitude by arranging for at least one family member to auxiliary pioneer. If this is not possible, maybe you can enlarge your share in the ministry? Here are some things to consider:
  • How can I prepare my heart for the Lord’s Evening Meal?
  • Which benefit of the ransom gives me the greatest joy?
  • How can I cultivate gratitude for the ransom?
  • How can I demonstrate such gratitude during the Memorial season?
  • Am I zealously sharing in the campaign to invite the public?
  • How can I expand my ministry during March and April?

Prepare for the Observance, Invite Others

Before the observance: Make up a list of names of people to invite: return visits, Bible students, relatives, workmates, teachers, classmates and neighbors. Make it a Family Worship project to put all these names on envelopes with the invitation inside. That way, no one will be forgotten. Finally, deliver the envelopes and have a full share in the special Memorial invitation campaign.
Let us invite all we meet to share with us in this holy occasion!

The day of the observance: The Hall is clean. The tables, tablecloths, plates, wineglasses and the emblems – bread and red wine – are all prepared. The attendants and servers have all been briefed. And the guest speaker is prepared. Is that it? No! On the evening of the Memorial, an appreciative heart will motivate us to welcome visitors and to make ourselves available to answer their questions. To that end, we need to make sure we are at the Memorial early and ready to welcome visitors. Greet them as they come in and make them feel at home.

These are some of the main things to keep in mind when getting ready for the Memorial this year, which he has commanded us to observe until his return. Will this Memorial be our last? Maybe. We do not know. But we do know that once it passes, gone will be a unique opportunity to show gratitude. What are you doing this year to show your gratitude? Anything special? Please share with us in the comments below!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this well thought out post Greg. I found it very encouraging to have the links you supplied readily available. Your question at the end...Is this our last memorial? is very thought provoking. Although no one knows the day and hour the 4 winds are a palpable phenomenon in the world as I see it.
    May we never take for granted the massive privilege we have of being Jehovah's people. One look at a news reel from a war torn region and you know what hopelessness looks like. The vacant lifeless eyes of one who has no Jehovah brings tears to my own. The circuit will not be complete before Jehovah steps in so not everyone will be reached personally with the good news about our savior. It is our promise our obligation and our honor to preach this good news while time is favorable for it. May we all send a loud shout of praise to our heavenly Father Jehovah and his son Jesus this memorial season.
    Your loving sister;
    Susan Metcalfe
    Vernon, BC, Canada

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  2. Thanks for this well thought out post Greg. I found it very encouraging to have the links you supplied readily available. Your question at the end...Is this our last memorial? is very thought provoking. Although no one knows the day and hour the 4 winds are a palpable phenomenon in the world as I see it.
    May we never take for granted the massive privilege we have of being Jehovah's people. One look at a news reel from a war torn region and you know what hopelessness looks like. The vacant lifeless eyes of one who has no Jehovah brings tears to my own. The circuit will not be complete before Jehovah steps in so not everyone will be reached personally with the good news about our savior. It is our promise our obligation and our honor to preach this good news while time is favorable for it. May we all send a loud shout of praise to our heavenly Father Jehovah and his son Jesus this memorial season.
    Your loving sister;
    Susan Metcalfe
    Vernon, BC, Canada

    ReplyDelete