Preparations for Communion
We have many traditions in the church, and they all carry important meaning and significance. One in particular, the sacrament of Communion, is sacred and holy to us. It is a reminder that Christ’s body was broken and blood was shed for us. It’s also an invitation to live out that same sacrificial love in our lives.
Scripture instructs us to carry on this sacred tradition regularly, and we must continue to do so even in these unique times.
I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this to remember me.” He did the same thing with the cup, after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.” Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (CEB)
So this Sunday we will participate in Communion. But this time it will look a little different.
We won’t gather in the traditional sense, though the end of our scattering is in sight. Earlier this week our church board approved a plan to reopen the church doors next month. But until then, we shouldn't wait to receive the grace that comes in the practice of Communion.
So in preparation for this Sunday’s service, I’d like for you to designate some food and drink for the receiving of Communion.
We did this same format for our online-only Good Friday service, and I was pleased with your participation as well as your creativity. Some used crackers and juice. Some used bread and soda. Some had cereal and water. I even saw a photo of Oreos and milk!
Jesus used a simple loaf of bread and drink. The importance of Communion is in the symbolism behind the most common of items. So let’s be intentional about this. Set aside something to represent the body of Christ and the blood of Christ. And join us this Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. live online through our website and Facebook Live to celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness and remember Christ’s sacrifice. See you then!
‘til the storm passes by,