Communion During Social Distancing
“Do not let not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1
After Jesus had instituted The Lord’s Supper, He shared insight with His disciples about what was to come. One of them would betray Him (John 13:21) and one would deny Him (John 13:38). You can’t really blame the disciples for having some fear.
You may be experiencing a similar fear right now. Not knowing what tomorrow is going to look like brings about natural fear. But even though we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we know the One who holds tomorrow in His hands. Jesus says to you as well, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
During this time of social distancing, we’re asking spiritual heads of households to lead their families, along with Pastor Tim Niekerk, in Holy Communion on specific Sundays. These Sundays will be announced through email, text, and social media.
As Pastor Tim shares these words, please also say them out loud in your home setting.
Our Lord Jesus Christ on the night He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples and said, “Take and eat, this is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, also He took the cup, and when He had supped and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them saying, “Take and drink, this cup is the New Testament in my blood shed for you for the forgiveness of all your sins. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me.”
After you have shared these words with your family, we invite you to distribute the bread and the wine to all who have been properly instructed in the Christian faith.
As you distribute the bread, say to each person, “Take and eat, this is the body of Christ, given for you.” After they have received the bread, offer them the wine, saying, “Take and drink. This is Christ’s blood, shed for you.”
If you have a young child who does not yet receive communion, we would invite you to share with them this promise from God: “[Name], you are a precious [son/daughter] of the King, redeemed by Jesus Christ.”
If you would like to make your own unleavened bread for these Sundays, you can find a 20-minute recipe using this link.
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