We put 8 tables
around the room, 4 in front & 4 in back. We put a goblet and a hunks of bread on each table. We invited people who have received Christ as Savior to think/reflect/journal/pray before rising, explaining the symbology of the elements. (We also told people how they could receive Christ right then.)
Then they could, as the Lord lead during the next 2 reflective
songs, go to a table & celebrate it alone, or with their family, disciple, or small group. They just had to pray, grab a hunk of bread, dip it into the cup, & eat it. Thots?
Here are the verses I referenced as we explained Communion.
- 1 Cor 11:23-26 — Churches can celebrate it however often they choose. (We currently celebrate Communion every 4-6 weeks or so.)
- 1 Cor 11:27-32 — Communion is a time for personal reflection
We also used leavened bread (i.e. with yeast) for the first time. Here are the verses I
referenced by way of explanation:
- The OT Commandment:
- Exodus 12:11-20 — Yes, leaven (yeast) was forbidden at Passover
- 1 Cor 5:7-8 — Yes, leaven (yeast) is a picture of sin
- Matt 16:5-12 — Yes, leaven (yeast) is a picture of bad doctrine
- Our NT Liberty:
The #1 comment I got about Communion?
- Others — "When I saw the goblets, I thought we were going to drink from the same cup."
- Me — "There is no way I’m doing that. And no ‘double-dipping’ either!" 🙂