Because it has been around for so long, it’s easy for us to lose the meaning of communion—or struggling with the meaning all together. Why do we take it? Why is it important? And now, during a global pandemic where most churches are online, communion seems to be something on the back burner of most worship services. But as we move forward as a church, we want to bring the communion meal into focus by preparing our minds, hearts, and homes to receive the bread and the cup during this time, in order that we might remember Jesus’s broken body and shed blood.
"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.”
-Matthew 26:26-29 (ESV)
Communion centers us on Jesus.
1) BACKWARD (remembering)
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. -Hebrews 10:19-22 (NLT)
2) FORWARD (anticipating)
“I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” - Matthew 26:29
3) INWARD (reflecting)
“So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.”
- 1 Corinthians 11:27-28 (ESV)
4) UPWARD (worshipping)
"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
- Colossians 3:1-4 (ESV)
5) OUTWARD (obeying)