For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice called communion, or the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist. Communion uses bread, or a wafer as a symbol for Jesus’ body and wine or grape juice as a symbol for his blood. Jesus himself 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).
Communion is at the very heart of what it means to be a believer, and communion services are the most beautiful and important moments in the life of a church. It is difficult to find a moment in Scripture quite as powerful as the Last Supper, when Jesus shared the Passover with his disciples while bringing about its fulfillment.
The Passover meal is observed annually, and as the Jewish people progress through the meal they relive and remember the moment God delivered them from slavery. Many times throughout Scripture, God describes and defines Godself as, “the God who led you out of slavery.” Yet this particular night something different happened. Jesus takes this familiar observance of freedom from physical slavery and redefines it to include freedom from spiritual slavery: a freedom that can only be found through him.
As a Church, our observance of communion is both a blessing and a Biblical mandate. As one of the two ordinances given by Jesus (the other being baptism) is it universally observed by every Christian denomination, although with variances. Whether our communion services are ornate or simple, traditional or modern, it is important that we make the most of this observance, and create a thoughtful, meaningful service that truly reveals the power and beauty of communion.
On the first Sunday of each month we come together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the morning service.
On the Third Sunday of each month we come together again to celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the Gen2 Service.
In doing so, we honour the sacrifice of Christ and create a sacred moment to be enjoyed by all who participate.