Why Do We Gather?

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In 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13, Paul desires that the church abound in love for one another so that through one another the Lord may establish their hearts blameless in holiness before God at the second coming, or advent, of Christ. That is why, at C3, we gather for corporate worship on Sunday mornings and for dinner on Sunday evenings. We gather to remember, and thus stay ready. Andrew Peterson captures this beautifully in his song Remember and Proclaim. The lyrics are below:

As we gather round this table
We remember and proclaim
Christ has died, Christ is risen
Christ will come again

There's nothing to fear
And everything to gain
And so we gather here to remember
To remember and proclaim

Every footstep tells the story
As the people join the feast
We remember his blood and body
Broken for you and me

One step and we remember
The other we proclaim
His death until He comes
O He's coming back
He's coming back again

And every time we break the bread
We drink the wine
I can hear the song in my heart and my head
And I sing along...

We remember, we proclaim
His death until he comes again
We remember, we proclaim
Christ has died, Christ has risen
Christ will come again

Now we join with friends and neighbors
To celebrate again
Around a different kind of table
We remember just the same

This feast, it is a battle
That we wage against the night
And this joy is just a shadow
Of the resurrection
Of the resurrection life

And every time we break the bread
We drink the wine
I can hear the song in my heart and my head
And I sing along...

We remember, we proclaim
His death until he comes again
We remember, we proclaim
Christ has died, Christ has risen
Christ will come again

We remember, we proclaim
His death until he comes again
We remember, we proclaim
Christ has died, Christ has risen
Christ will come again

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