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What is Communion?
Communion is a gathering of believers to remember the sacrifice of the LORD Jesus Christ. On the night that Christ was betrayed, He instituted this "remembrance" for the church.
"And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you"
Luke 22:19-20 (Also see, Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25.)
So communion is a remembrance of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His life a ransom for whoever believes. The elements are not the only issue, it is the fact that believers assemble together to remember Christ's sacrifice and to examine their own hearts as to whether they have any unconfessed sin.
This is to have the right state of mind when discerning the body of Christ to open up the door to healing. Taking the elements grant merit in that one is remembering and giving thanks for what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for all who trust in Him as their personal Savior.
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The scriptures say it is. Read Acts, chapter 2:46, which says, “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,….” For the early church worship services were in homes.
The church in Jerusalem met in the home of Mary (Acts 12:12), in Philippi in the home of Lydia (Acts 16:40), and in Ephesus in the home of Aquila and Priscilla (1 Corinthians 16:19). In Colossae the church met in the home of Philemon (Philemon 2).
As we learn from Acts 2, the early church met regularly for the apostles’ teaching, prayer, fellowship and “the breaking of bread,” commonly understood to be communion." (Acts 2:42) As a result of bringing regular communion back into their homes, thousands of Christians have received healing — in their bodies and minds, as well as in their marriages and families. You may take Holy Communion as often as you wish.
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1. Prepare an area for the sacraments. This could include an empty table with a cloth cover, together with a Bible in a designated area of your home.
2. Get a small amount of something to drink like grape juice or other appropriate drink, for each person. Pour out the juice into cups.
3. Get a small amount of something to eat like a small piece of bread, a cracker, etc., for each person. If the bread is not broken break the bread or wafers and place on the napkin.
4. You may light a candle to represent the light of Christ.
5. You may play background music at a medium level.
6. Open the Bible to Psalm 30.
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Bless the elements: stretch hands over elements. Pray: Lord God, we ask you to sanctify these emblems of Christ’s body and blood for use in this remembrance service of your Son, Amen.
Read Psalm 30.
Eternal God, Lord of heaven and earth, we praise you for your greatness. Your wisdom is seen in all your works. Your grace and truth are revealed in Jesus Christ your Son. Your presence and power are given to us through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, O blessed Trinity, we worship and adore you for ever and ever. Amen.
In penitence and faith, let us confess our sins to almighty God. Let us pray:
Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed; we have not loved you with our whole heart, we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We repent, and are sorry for all our sins. Father, forgive us. Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Bible says; “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Now let us take a moment to examine our conscience asking God to forgive our sins and unknown faults, in Jesus Name. (pause a few moments of silence)
CELEBRATION OF THE ELEMENTS:
The leader holds out the bread and the cup to the people and says: “The gift of God for the people of God.” Now place the elements on the table and say "Let us Pray."
Say the “Our Father” together.
John 6:53 - 58
53. Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
56. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
57. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
58. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
It was the Passover, and the disciples were gathered together in the upper room, as it is written; Luke 22:14 - 21
14. When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.
15. Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
16. for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17. Then He took the up, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;
18. for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Note: Pass around the cups for everyone to partake or have them pick up the cups themselves.
Hold up a cup and Say, “This is the Blood of Christ given for you.”
Partake of the element.
19. And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Note: Break the bread (if not already broken) and pass around to each person.
Hold up some bread and Say “this is the Body of Christ given for you.”
Partake of the element.
Stand and Pray;
All thanks and praise, glory and honor, be yours at all times, and in every place, creator Lord, Holy Father, true and living God. We praise you that through your eternal Word you brought the universe into being and made us in your own image. You have given us this earth to care for and delight in, and with its bounty you preserve our life. We offer these tokens as a reminder of our everlasting covenant with you.
(Discerning the Body of Christ)
Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment against themselves. I Cor 11:27-29
Not that the emblem has mystical healing power, but that it reminds Christians Christ bore their sickness and infirmity on his body at Calvary. “Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted." Isa 53:4. As for how frequently Each of us has to find that rhythm of life as God reveals it to us.
Chronically-ill Christians who do not believe in spiritual healing of the sick today should examine their participation in Holy Communion as to why they may remain sick. Communion is a powerful source of healing that has been overlooked by the church. I took Communion all my life and never once though about it in connection with healing. However, reading 1 Cor 11:28-30, I realized that sickness can come from not recognizing or discerning the body of the Lord. The way believers take Communion can directly affect his or her health.
The Lord's Supper ( I Corinthians 11:23-26 )
Eucharist or Holy Communion according to your tradition, consists of two elements:
The cup representing Jesus' shed blood
The bread representing His broken body
Traditional doctrine teaches us that the Lord's Supper is to keep us mindful that, as Christians, we are part of the Body of Christ, that we are one in Christ through the Gospel (I Corinthians 15:1-4), and that He shed His blood for atonement of sin, and rightfully so.
But Paul had grave concern for something more in partaking the Lord's Supper that was killing his brethren. It lies at the very root of God's Scheme of Redemption, which is inclusive of healing body, spirit, and soul (salvation). Paul states that the lack of discernment of the Lord's body (I Corinthians 11:29) is cause for damnation and is why many of us are sick today. The Greek word for body (soma) literally refers to the physical fleshly body of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, by His perfect life, sacrificed His body for our healing and blood for atonement of our sins. These two realities both occur on the Cross.
Through the shedding of His blood, Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law of sin and death (Galatians 3:13). But the broken body of Jesus is not for the forgiveness of sin--It is for healing to be made possible. For without His broken body, there could be no healing of any kind (Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:15-18), either before or after the Cross. This is where many Christians lack discernment.
It is through His shed blood that we find forgiveness, not His broken body (Hebrews 9:22; Leviticus 17:11). And it is through His stripes (His suffering and torment in the flesh) that we are healed today (Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2:24).
With this understanding in mind, consider the words of Pastor Henry Wright, Author of A More Excellent Way:
"If we come to a Communion service and partake of the cup and the bread but we deny healing and deliverance as part of the atonement today, we eliminate the provision of God in our lives as a human being apart from salvation and eternal life in that day. For that reason, because we eliminate the broken body, but we celebrate it, and we don't believe it, then we cannot partake. For that reason many of us are filled with disease and insanity today because we have said in our heart that it (miraculous healing) passed away two thousand years ago, yet we still participate in the sacrament of Communion which represents its reality for today."
Celebrating the Lord's Supper can either deny or provide us healing by how we accept or deny the spiritual healing power of the fleshly body of Christ. Could it be many of God's people are chronically-ill today because they have eliminated half of the sacrament of Communion?
Think on this matter the next time you partake of the Lord's Supper. Our salvation is made complete in body, spirit and soul through both the literal blood and flesh of our Savior. But, Paul said many of us are weak and sick because we fail to recognize (have faith in) Christ's body (soma).
This means those of us who are sick, while we recognize (have faith in) the blood of Jesus Christ to save our souls, we do not recognize (have faith in) His literal body (soma) to heal our literal bodies of disease--here--now. Friends, I did not say that, the inspired Apostle, Paul, did!