I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
As we gather together on this Lord’s Day, let us remember that this day is the beginning of seven days. It is how we approach this day that makes all the difference for the remaining six.
God has not called us as spiritual bulimics who feast upon the pleasures and concerns of this world during the week and come into this place once a week to vomit them all back up through religious activity that they may enter a new week with an empty stomach to be filled and a clean conscience to be contaminated once more.
Rather, God has called us to the divine rhythm of life of fasting and feasting. We fast from the enticements and cares of this world for six days that we might come into this place with clean hands and a pure heart and feast upon Jesus Christ.
We feast upon Him today through Word and Sacrament that we may wake up Monday morning and face the world with full and satisfied bellies. We sing, confess, give thanks, fellowship, and listen this Lord’s Day that we may be empowered by His Spirit to abstain from feasting on sin until we are gathered together once more. A satisfied soul can better resist the hunger pangs of the flesh. AMEN!