This is what I shared for communion last Sunday. Please enjoy…
This week I have been reading the 2016 National Church Life Survey results. I have been looking through how the church as a whole is going in Australia and the things people enjoy about church.
In the survey church members were asked what aspects of the church service they enjoy the most and which parts are most meaningful to them. 39% of people said communion or the Lord’s supper was the most meaningful part of the service. Second was the sermon at 36%. For me personally, communion is the most meaningful part of the service.
Also during the week, I did a Pastors connect group at the Church of Christ in Perth. In session they shared some of the distinctives of the CoC. One key distinctive is that we celebrate communion each week. The people who founded our association saw this as a key part of our services and our churches have held true to that belief. This is something I think Jesus and the Apostles would be pleased with.
Today for communion I want to read a familiar passage. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 the Apostle Paul says this…
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night 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, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11 that as often as we take the Lord’s supper we proclaim the Lord’s death until he returns. Communion tells a story. The story of mankind who has sinned and gone astray. Communion reveals the effect of the story. That mankind was lost and separated from God until Jesus came and paid the price for our sin on the cross. Communion looks forward to the person of the story. Jesus is the focal point of the story. Christ gave his life for us and he is coming again for us.
As we take communion today. Let us remember Jesus who is central to our story. He paid the price for our sin and made our salvation possible.
Let us pray.