Posted by: pastordarren | September 30, 2008

World Communion Sunday

This coming Sunday is generally celebrated as World Communion Sunday.  This is a day where Believers worldwide are encouraged to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together as we remember Jesus’ sacrifice for all.  The text for Sunday comes from 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.  It is Paul’s retelling, passing on what he received, to the Corinthian church.

For the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we celebrate communion each week because we feel that it is that important.  One of the issues that we deal with, comes directly from that weekly celebration, it can get to be a habit that we ‘just do’ because it is that time on Sunday morning.  Take a moment and read the passage below:

1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread.  Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.  After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: This cup is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me.  What you must solemnly realize is that every time you eat this bread and every time you drink this cup, you reenact in your words and actions the death of the Master. You will be drawn back to this meal again and again until the Master returns. You must never let familiarity breed contempt.  Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of?  Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.  If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences.  (The Message)

The communion remembrance can become a meaningless habit if we are not careful.  For me, when I approach communion, I do want to come in prayer and submission to God.  This becomes a time of not only confession, but inviting God to reveal to me the things that I need to see about my life.  Sometimes I will kneel, other times I will touch my wrists where the nails were put (usually right below the palm of the hand).  These simple actions will help me physically and spiritually prepare for and receive the Body and Blood of Jesus.

How do you prepare and why is communion, no matter how often you celebrate, important to you?  How do you examine your motives?  What is ‘Holy Awe”?

I look forward to your comments and I hope that you prepare yourself for communion this Sunday.

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