September 08, 2021

communion service plan

On some Sundays I do zoom church with about five or six other Christinas

We always take communion together, with one of us leading - a different person each week so that the responsibility is shared

The following is the script I use for whenever it is my turn to lead Communion:

Let us now read from 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

23 For I received from the Lord the teaching that I passed on to you: that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a piece of bread, 24 gave thanks to God, broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me.” 25 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup and said, “This cup is God's new covenant, sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in memory of me.”


26 This means that every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 It follows that if one of you eats the Lord's bread or drinks from his cup in a way that dishonors him, you are guilty of sin against the Lord's body and blood. 28 So then, you should each examine yourself first, and then eat the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For if you do not recognize the meaning of the Lord's body when you eat the bread and drink from the cup, you bring judgment on yourself as you eat and drink. 30 That is why many of you are sick and weak, and several have died. 31 If we would examine ourselves first, we would not come under God's judgment. 32 But we are judged and punished by the Lord, so that we shall not be condemned together with the world.


33 So then, my friends, when you gather together to eat the Lord's Supper, wait for one another. 34 And if any of you are hungry, you should eat at home, so that you will not come under God's judgment as you meet together. As for the other matters, I will settle them when I come.


Let us now take our bread


(I hold my bread up so that everyone can see it)


Let this bread remind us of the battered and tortured body of our Lord


(I break the bread I am holding up into two pieces)


Who suffered on the cross in great agony so that our sins may be pardoned


(Pause, whilst we eat our bread)


Now let us now take our wine


(I hold my  wine up so that everyone can see it)


Let this wine remind us of the blood that poured out of our Lord, as he was so cruelly thrashed and then nailed to a cross


In a bloody, heroic, and loving act of sacrifice that annihilates our sin


(Pause, whilst we drink our wine)


Let us now say the Lord’s Prayer, in remembrance of our Lord…


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.


(The communion ends!)



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