COVID-19: How to Make the Most of Online Communion
What is Communion?
Communion is an ordinance given by Jesus to all believers to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize his new covenant with us. Because communion is a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice, it is to be celebrated by those who already have a relationship with Christ. This Sunday, we ask that you follow the guidelines in scripture, and not share the elements with non-believers who are present, or children who have yet to accept Christ.
Why Do We Participate in Communion?
Remembrance – In 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 Paul writes, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 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.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” The elements of bread and juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood for us. God being rich in mercy and abounding in love, sent Jesus to die in our place, and when we take the elements, we are reminded of this sacrifice.
Proclamation – Paul continues in verse 26, saying, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” In addition to helping us look back, communion helps us look forward to Jesus’ return. In proclaiming the Lord’s return when we take communion, we are an example to all those watching.
Examination – Paul continues in 1 Corinthians 11: 28-29 saying, “Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgement on himself.” This examination is not designed to condemn us, but to help us look inward. We remember that despite who we are and what we have done to turn our backs on the Lord, he still loved and cared about us enough to send Jesus to pay the price we couldn’t pay. It allows us to open our hearts to Jesus and recognize his spirit within us, and to confess and repent of sin.
How do we Prepare for Communion?
Before Sunday, consider reading Matthew 26:17-30 to prepare your heart and mind. Discuss the importance and purpose of communion with your family.
Second, make sure you have the necessary elements at home. You’ll need bread, chips, crackers, or cookies to represent the bread. You’ll also need some kind of juice or similar beverage to represent the cup. We know it’s tough to purchase groceries right now, so get creative if you need to! If you’re looking for a fun family activity to prepare, check out this step-by-step guide on how to make unleavened bread at home!
Lastly, be ready at home with your elements during one of our online services this Sunday (9:15 AM, 11 AM, or 5 PM). Pastor Bruce will direct you through participating in communion during the conclusion of the service.