Even though he hasn't aged out of the nursery yet (that comes in December), T has started asking to sit through church with us. We make him pay attention for the singing, the Bible reading and the prayers, but then he pretty much does his own thing for the sermon. He knows the service is coming to an end when we begin to celebrate communion (we do it every week at my church), and though he hasn't asked, I've started to contemplate how to give him a simple, clear explanation for what's going on with those little pieces of bread and those little cups of wine.
Leave it to Sally Lloyd-Jones!
We read this tonight in the Jesus Storybook Bible (emphasis mine):
Then Jesus picked up some bread and broke it. He gave it to his friends. He picked up a cup of wine and thanked God for it. He poured it out and shared it.
"My body is like this bread. It will break," Jesus told them. "This cup of wine is like my blood. It will pour out."
"But this is how God will rescue the whole world. My life will break and God's broken world will mend. My heart will tear apart - and your hearts will heal. Just as the passover lamb died, so now I will die instead of you. My blood will wash away all your sins. And you'll be clean on the inside - in your hearts."
"So whenever you eat and drink, remember," Jesus said, "I've rescued you!"