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Communion at Home
April 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Some may be asking if it is possible to take communion at home. We believe it is. While this may not be how it is done traditionally in church, the Bible does not demand specific requirements for the juice, bread, or location. The idea was that there was a gathering of believers. Believers are gathered in their homes right now each Sunday. While this should not become our primary format, we believe God gives us freedom for this in following the spirit of communion in our current circumstances.
What is communion all about?
adapted from Life Church
The primary instance of communion in the Bible is The Last Supper. It was Jesus’ last dinner with His disciples before He was killed. The story is found in Matthew 26, Luke 22, and Mark 14. It happened as part of the celebration of Passover, which was actually a festival that began in the Old Testament period. Jewish people would have celebrated Passover as a way to remember how God rescued them from Egypt and spared their lives in so many ways. The eating of the bread and drinking of the wine (what we call communion) is still a regular part of celebrating Passover that Jewish people celebrate each year.
In Luke’s Gospel, he included a few more of Jesus’ words from that evening when he recorded “do this in remembrance of me.” Those six words, and the Apostle Paul’s reminder in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, are the motivation for why we take communion together as Jesus followers. Jesus asked believers to carry out this pure tradition to remember that He gave His life for our sins. Like baptism, communion is a spiritual symbol and reminder of what Jesus has done.
Ideas for Taking Communion at Home
1. Use the Scriptures above to explain how communion came about, who it’s for, and what it’s for (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
2. Jesus and His followers used wine and unleavened bread. Still, it’s simplest to use grape juice and whatever bread or crackers you have available. Using juice is a great way to involve children while also being sensitive to anyone who might not drink alcohol. If you really want to use unleavened bread, a matzo cracker is a great option. If you can’t find grape juice, another juice will do. What’s important is focusing on the meaning of this spiritual symbol.
3. Ask one person to pray for the bread and lead the group in this first part of communion. Here’s an example:
God, thank You for sending Jesus who not only lived for us but died for us. The Son of God, who came in the body of a man, gave Himself up so we could live! Thank You that His body was raised back to life. Thank You that because of the grace of Jesus, we have life, and we can live forever in You. Amen. [Go ahead and eat the bread.]
4. Next, ask someone else to pray for the cup and lead the group in this second part of communion. Here’s an example:
“God, what an incredible picture this is of Your love for us. You allowed Your only Son to literally be poured out so that we could be in a fully restored relationship with You. Thank You, Jesus, for giving your blood. Amen.” [Go ahead and drink the cup.]
5. Remembering what Jesus did while taking communion can feel like a somber moment, and that’s okay. But don’t forget, this is an incredible reason to celebrate. Maybe someone can share a story of something that Jesus has restored in their life. Encourage each other to not just experience the symbol of communion but to live in its truth. We are set free because Jesus is alive and giving us life to the full. Communion is a beautiful way for followers of Jesus to do something He asked us to, which is to remember what He did for us. And it’s the perfect time to thank Him for His grace, which gives us life.
If you want to keep it more traditional you can contact the church for a Saturday delivery of the juice and bread. (585) 392-0777