A couple of weeks ago, I needed to take the Lord's Supper to one of our church members who is homebound. I looked for my Lord's Supper kit which was given to me when I started my ministry in Hightstown in 1977. This a portable communion set. It has places for 5 glass communion cups, a leak-proof bottle for wine, and a bread container. A member of the Hightstown church asked me if I had a Lord's Supper kit and when I replied in the negative she went and bought me one. I have had this kit now for close to 30 years. I have taken the Lord's Supper to hundreds of people in nursing homes, hospitals and their own homes. This kit needs to be replaced!
Inside the entrance door to my home I have a church made of wood that was given to me by a neighbor when I came to this community. It was his way of welcoming me to this community, on this street. It is a simple church made from wood that has been placed on the radiator for over 16 years. The bottom has started to deteriorate and it needs to be replaced!
I am not a person that accumulates things, yet somehow these two items have become very special to me. The Lord's Supper kit has become a precious item and probably for a couple of years I will do all sorts of accommodations so that I can keep it for a little longer. Most likely I will ask one of my more gifted friends to provide a supportive base for the church, and I will also keep it for a few more years. It has dawned on me that these are not expensive gifts. In fact, anyone looking at them would most likely throw them away or put them up for a garage sale. Yet they have been a blessing to me and a blessing to so many other people. One of the prophets said: "Do not despise the day of small beginnings!"
The Lord's Supper kit has been given to me when I started my ordained ministry. It was a sign of affirmation and love. The wooden church was given to me when I came here by a neighbor who does not even attend church, but it was his way of saying that I am welcomed as his neighbor. Over the years I have become more appreciative of the thoughtfulness and love of the givers and it has become extremely difficult to part from these two gifts.