Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 we have a worship experience time called FUEL. What I love about this opportunity is the ability to get a mid-week refocus and mid-course correction so to speak. The experiences vary, but all of them have a tangible aspect to move beyond simply singing.

This week the theme was "Can You Drink The Cup" , we began with the following Scripture to set tone:

Luke 22:24-27 (CEV)
The apostles got into an argument about which one of them was the greatest. So Jesus told them: “Foreign kings order their people around, and powerful rulers call themselves everyone’s friends. But don’t be like them. The most important one of you should be like the least important, and your leader should be like a servant. Who do people think is the greatest, a person who is served or one who serves? Isn’t it the one who is served? But I have been with you as a servant.”

After that, there was a table set for communion with a variety of different cups. Everyone was invited to come forward when they were ready to look at the cups, feel the cups, and then take one of the available sheets of paper, and go back and write which cup most caught their attention, and to note how and why they identified with that particular cup.

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Below are some of the comments that people wrote about the cups they chose and why they most identified with each particular one.

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Small Clay Cup

“I picked this one because of the quirky character on it. I have always felt a little out of step and I added the crack (to my drawing) …” – Randy

“The rustic mug because we have this treasure in vessels of clay and I just learned last week that it is okay if we’re cracked and leak a little and water the flowers on our way through life.” – Rob

“You are the potter, I am the clay – use me however you wish.

Pottery – intimately made, filled with imperfections, fragile even though made for honorable purposes.

(The cup was made in) Argentina – I have been there and back – a little tired, a little worn, but it’s still in one piece.” – Stacey

“Christ was a servant, earthy while here.
–    Multicolored
–    Crude/rough, yet smooth in spots
–    Needs a handle, it might break without it
–    Nothing fancy/plain
–    Not very deep
Creative, character, lower class – earthy, servant-like” – anonymous

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Blue Plastic Cup

“I can’t put it into words, but I’m drawn to the blue plastic cup. Perhaps it’s because I am surrounded by children. This cup is perfectly good. It’s not fancy or fine, but it serves its purpose happily. It doesn’t
need to be bigger or better. It can be dropped and you can
pick it right back up and fill it again and again and again.” – Wendy

“Blue cup…
–    Doesn’t stand out to others
–    Can’t see through
–    Not the first choice
–    “Everyone friendly”
–    Tumble, but not break
–    Simple, safe” – Jaime

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Experience_new_community_022708_011Styrofoam Cup

“You are not a disposable object to me. My love for your overflows.” – Bobby V

“I immediately went for the Styrofoam cup – it has no value, it is easily disposable – it’s trash. That’s how I feel most of the time but I was drawn to the goblet – so fragile and beautiful – God wants me to be beautiful and transparent like that – I want to be that too – I’m just afraid I might shatter first.” – T

“Styrofoam cup because it is disposable, so when my life is over I hope I have been a blessing to others.” – Tom

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Espresso Cup & Saucer

“I chose the espresso cup because it was meant to hold hot drinks, there for the warmth of love dwells in it.

* It’s small, but it’s strong.
*The white stands for purity, but it’s banded in burgundy, therefore it’s banded in love, covered by the blood of Christ
* The saucer represents that the cup is surrounded and held and meant to be served to others.” – Tanya

“It is little and strong, stout and secure in Christ’s love with a secure saucer to catch the spills from being shaken.  Like He catches us when we are shaken.” – Kim

“     –    Small, but solid
–    Holds powerful espresso but wants to be bigger
–    Functional provider
–    Saucer to provide some foundation support
–    Non-obtrusive, but a little flash
–    Solid, can be reliable
–    Bold”   – Wendy

“     –    It’s made for serving
–    Small, because I have a problem with excess
–    Coffee cup, because I like coffee
–    Saucer, because I’m sloppy and it catches my mistakes” – Steve

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Those are some of the great responses and meditations from FUEL last week. Perhaps you can look at the different cups and ask yourself the same question…which coup would you choose? What does the cup speak to you. Perhaps you could draw aside some time, grab some bread and wine and allow the living Christ to flood you with some much needed truth. As you think about the cup and all Christ has done for you, let His incredible love break out of the droning information of the day until you hear Him remind you that you are incredible, and that your very life brings a smile to the face of God.

I’ll leave you with a lenten meditation from Henry Nouwen that we used at FUEL.

“Emptiness and fullness at first seem to be complete opposites. But in the spiritual life they are not. In the spiritual life we find the fulfillment of our deepest desires by becoming empty for God.
We must empty the cups of our lives completely to be able to receive the fullness of life from God. Jesus lived this on the Cross. The moment of complete emptiness and complete fullness became the same. When he had given all away to his Abba, his dear Father, he cried out, “It is fulfilled.” He who was lifted up on the cross was also lifted into the resurrection. He who had emptied and humbled Himself was raised up and “given the name above all other names.” Let us keep listening to Jesus’ question: “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?”  – Henri J.M. Nouwen (Bread for the Journey)

May Christ in you be the point!

Dei Gratia,
Monty

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