Pau Mung, pastor of the Bay St. Louis Church in Miss., recently shared his communion experience from a past visit to the Grace Place Church in South Bend, Ind. He was impressed by the supper-like portions distributed at the service, and how the whole experience had a greater sense of genuineness. “It was as if you were eating a real meal, with the bread and juice,” Mung said.
The Bay St. Louis Church decided to try this for themselves, and arranged for a New Year’s communion service at their church on Sabbath, January 2, 2021. Because the pieces of bread would be larger, they decided to make only enough for the regular number of church attendees. As they planned for this event, they determined the number of pieces needed would be 22.
When the service began, there were some visitors in attendance, and they concluded they would need three more pieces. Mung instructed the first elder that the two elders and himself would take half pieces, so the rest of the church could enjoy the full larger pieces. They broke those pieces, prayed over the bread, and the deacons began to distribute the rest to the church. “The deacons didn’t know we broke the extra pieces, and they just continued with the distribution as they usually do.”
When the plates came back to the table, and the elders and deacons each took their pieces, the first elder began to cry. “Are you alright?” asked Mung. “Pastor, look at the plates,” said the elder, “it was supposed to be just enough for each person to get one piece and nothing left over, but there are six pieces left in each plate!”
“It reminded me of when Jesus fed the multitude with only five loaves and two fishes, and there were 12 baskets left over,” recalls Mung, “I felt the presence of the Lord so overwhelmingly that morning. What a good way to start the new year knowing that the Lord is with us.”
Mung had been fasting and praying the day before, asking God to let them know that He is with them. “And He answered! God is so good to us!”
Gulf States | March 2021