In South Carolina in the USA there is a group of Churches under the umbrella of the “New Spring Church.” This is a very vibrant church currently meeting in people’s homes but planning to meet again in Churches in July. Pray for all of the Churches in that troubled county. Within their website is an article about Communion. This week we are considering what it means for our Church to have “Participation in Communion.”
“Jesus started the tradition of communion. He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make when He died for our sins on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Jesus called Himself “the bread of life,” which means that we’re nourished by Him, we survive because of Him, and He satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty (John 6:48-51). There’s a connection between our nearness to Jesus, believing in Him, and being fulfilled by Him (John 6:35). The early Church celebrated Jesus by taking communion, sometimes every day (Acts 2:42-46). They saw that every time they gathered around a table to eat and drink, it was a chance to recognize Jesus and thank God for all He’s done.
Taking communion doesn’t make you a Christian. It doesn’t save your soul or get you to heaven. God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we’re doing it. The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why He did it (1 Corinthians 11:27-31).
It’s not about the bread and wine; it’s about the body and blood of Jesus. It’s not about the ritual or the method; it’s about listening to Jesus and doing what He says. Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration. Communion celebrates the Gospel: Jesus was broken for us so that we can be fixed by Him. Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God (1 Peter 3:18). It’s not about a ritual to revere, but a person to worship. Jesus is less concerned about the method of celebrating communion and more concerned that we celebrate it.” https://newspring.cc/about
Some of you may be able to get to Church on Sunday or next Wednesday while some of you are not able to meet with us just yet. That is ok. We are in God’s hands. We pray that we will feel united with each other as we share in communion regardless of where we are or who we are with. God bless you.