For many years we have held Communion after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. It was first hosted by my late husband. After his death we had one of our male guests take over for the next many years until my sons were old enough to host it. For many who have joined us at these seasonal meals this is a new concept to have Communion outside the church. But, we believe that this is an appropriate time to remember what the Lord did for us at Calvary and show our thanks to Him.
After Communion at Thanksgiving we also decide on a mission project or a charitable need that we can support for Christmas and make individual commitments to earn money in a creative way for that project. Following Communion on Christmas day we put our offering into a basket and if possible deliver it that day or mail it the following day. Often we have had our dinner guests contribute as well to our project.
One year after my husband died, several men in the neighborhood were helping me and my sons rake leaves. My sons had on their mind their commitment to earn money (something not so easy for little boys). An idea came to them and they brought out their red wagon and loaded it with paper bags filled with freshly raked leaves from our yard. They walked up and down the street selling their bags of leaves to every neighbor on the street earning money to place in the missions offering on Christmas day.
Communion after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner helps to put things into perspective and a special offering to someone or a ministry in need encourages kids and adults alike to gain a deeper appreciation of the greatest gift ever, the Lord Jesus, and of the importance of sharing with others out of our abundance.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
About Patti M. Hummel
Patti M. Hummel was called to missions in a youth revival. She was married to the late Rev. Donald R. Hummel, Sr. Patti has certificates in Bible from Moody Bible College and Duncan Park Bible Institute. She served in Christian Children's Homes and as GA State Sales Manager for Zondervan Publishing House. After her husband died, she and her three small children spent seven years in the South Pacific as long-term missionaries. Patti is an author and compiler/ author of 18 books. She is an international speaker to Christian groups. She is currently President of The Benchmark Group LLC in Nashville (benchmarkgrouppublishers.com) and is the grateful mother of 3 adult children and 2 precious granddaughters with another grandchild due spring of 2010.