We are called today not only to remember, but to understand, to participate, and to make Christ’s sacrifice part of who we are. The cross was not just a cruel death, and Passover just a foreshadowing of the Messiah. What we are celebrating tonight that happened over two thousand years ago is love. Love extended from God Almighty through His Son Jesus Christ to each one of us. We all deserve to be separated and cut off from God, but Jesus made it possible for us to be reunited to the Father. He endured the cross so that we wouldn’t have to. It is with this thanksgiving that we should approach the Communion table.
1 Corinthians 11:23-28, 31 (The Message)
23 – Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread.
24 – Having given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.”
25 – After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: “This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me.”
26 – What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.
27 – Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of?
28 – Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.
31 – If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on.
NARRATOR gives instructions for taking Communion. Instructions may be altered to fit your congregational needs.
We want to remember tonight as Jesus instructed us to. During this next song please come to the front and pick up the emblems. Examine your heart. Take time to remember, reflect, observe. We will eat together when everyone has received the bread and the juice.