What is Communion?
Communion is a holy time of worship when we come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us. It is typically done either weekly or monthly but the outcome is the same; a sharing of the most important reminder of what Christ did for us in life, death and resurrection.
Why do we celebrate Communion?
The Lord told us to do it in remembrance of him. "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." 1 Corinthians 11:24 We celebrate communion in an ongoing effort to be more like Him. It is a statement of faith.
What does Communion do to us?
As we examine ourselves (before taking the bread and wine) we are convicted, humbled and grateful. Convicted of the enormous sacrifice Christ made on our behalf. Humbled because we realize without Him we would be lost. Grateful for the opportunity to draw near to him, participate in the body of Christ and continue the process of growing in faith.
How do we celebrate Communion?
Corporately coming together as one, "Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Prayer and thanksgiving- "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me" ! Corinthians 11:24
Reflection- "A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup." 1 Corinthians 11:28
Taking the elements- "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." 1Corinthians 11:24
Who can participate in Communion?
Anyone who has asked Christ into their heart can partake of the cup and bread.
What else is Communion called?
Communion is also called Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, Breaking of bread, the Eucharist and Sacrament of the Table. Each of these has a particular meaning but is referred to in Communion.
Do different churches celebrate Communion differently?
For the most part there is an overall agreement on how it should be celebrated though some disagree with the open and closed communion. Some denominations differ in their understanding of whether they take Communion with those whom they are not in full communion (members of their own church). Other churches allow any who wish to commenmorate the life and teachings of Christ regardless of religious affiliation.
Who presides over Communion?
A pastor or priest leads their congregation in Communion with worship, prayer and passing out of the elements.
Is Communion important?
The leader of a church recognizes the depth of importance of Communion. His whole purpose is to lead his parishioners to a deeper relationship with Christ. Communion symbolizes the ongoing growth of faith and richness of relationship with Christ. For the parishioner it is a coming together of the church symbolizing that they are one in Christ and renewing the commitment to continue to strive to be like Christ.