Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is a symbol of what
Jesus did for us on the cross. It is a tangible way to show
followers of Jesus that He gave His body for us and died in our place (the
bread) and forgave our sins by shedding His blood (juice). It is an
act of worship and a very meaningful practice for many people.
Questions About Faith
This practice is intended to be taken by those who
have already made a profession of faith or have made the decision to follow
Jesus Christ. However, it is important to be reminded that it is not
up to us to determine who will and will not take communion, that decision is
between the individual and God.
Our job as a facilitator of communion is to
invite all who are willing to share in this practice and explain the
significance of this symbol to those who are involved.
Originally, bread and wine were used to symbolize the body and
blood of Jesus. Because they were used as symbols, you can
substitute just about anything for the bread and wine.
Typically, we use crackers and juice. You can go to the grocery
store and purchase crackers (saltine or oyster) and buy grape juice and serve
it in paper or plastic cups.
Make sure that the place where you are observing
Communion is free from distraction. Encourage everyone to put their
phones on silent and turn off all devices. If young kiddos are
present, make sure they know what is happening and that you would prefer that
they not interrupt. If you think they are ready to participate in
communion, invite them to join you!
You can circle up in chairs so that you are face
to face or if you want to situate everyone around the room so that they can
pray or have a moment alone with God, that can work too. You can
even play worship music on a device if you find that helpful.
Below, you’ll find a script for Communion. Feel free to use
the version of the Bible that you are most comfortable with and leave time for
prayer and reflection.
additional scriptures on Communion to reflect upon.
Matthew 26: 26-28, “While they were
eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He
broke it and gave it to the disciples, and
said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and
given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of
you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out
for many for forgiveness of sins.” Mark 14:22-25, “While they were eating, He took some bread,
and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them,
and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a
cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all
drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of
the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I say to you, I
will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it
new in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 22:17-20, “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks,
He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to
you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of
God comes.” And when He had taken some bread and given
thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is
given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He
took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which
is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”
John 6:32-34, “Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to
you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My
Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God
is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.
“Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to
them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he
who believes in Me will never thirst.”
1 Corinthians 10:16-17, “Is not the cup of blessing which we bless
a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a
sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who
are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-26, “For I received from the Lord that which I
also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which 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 He took the cup also after supper,
saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often
as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this
bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”
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