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Lord’s Supper

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Why we take the Lord’s Supper (Communion)

The Lord’s Supper is a time of remembrance and reflection.

We remember what Christ did for us when he gave his life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. We reflect on what he did for us through his life, death and resurrection. The Lord instructed us to keep the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, as a time of communion with him:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:26-29 (NET)

And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)

Before we take the Lord’s Supper, we should examine ourselves and seek forgiveness of any sins that remain unrepentant.

A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)

What do the crackers and juice represent?

These elements of the Lord’s Supper are symbols of Christ’s body and blood that were given for us as an enduring sacrifice. The crackers represent the bread that Jesus broke and shared with his disciples at the Lord’s Supper. Jesus said the bread symbolized his body which was broken for us and the juice symbolizes his blood which was spilled for us.

How often do we take the Lord’s Supper?

The Bible does not set an established schedule for the Lord’s Supper, but we generally celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month during the service. All other Sundays, the Lord’s Supper is available in the Prayer Room (located just inside the worship center near the west doors). Many of our small groups also take the Lord’s Supper together at different times.

Scriptures Associated with the Lord’s Supper

  • While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:26-28 (NET)
  • While they were eating, he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it. This is my body.” And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many. Mark 14:22-24 (NET)
  • Then he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And in the same way he took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Luke 22:19-20 (NET)
  • Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NET)
  • And after he had given thanks he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For every time you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:24-26 (NET)
  • Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:53-54 (NET)