Lord's Supper

    Virtually every part of Christian society practises the Lord’s Supper in some fashion, though there are many different traditions as to how to administer it and what it means.

     

    There are several points of agreement.

    1. It was established by Jesus Christ himself (Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20). This is also affirmed by the Apostle Paul (1 Cor. 11:23-29)
    2. There is some spiritual benefit to the participant. Each participant  receives some growth, intimacy, learning, empowerment, and more as they recall and celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.
    3. It should be restricted to followers of God. All denominations believe that the Lord’s Supper is not to be administered indiscriminately to all persons. 1 Cor. 11:27-34 required that each person first examine themselves to ascertain their spiritual and moral condition before they partake lest they misuse the body of Christ. Those who are not Christians cannot fully comprehend nor appreciate the meaning and benefit of observing the Lord’s Supper.
    4. It is to be administered by the church. It was given to the followers of Christ not as individuals, but as a group. It should be practised whenever possible within the context of the church body.

    We believe the Lord’s Supper is commemorative and the bread and cup are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. When Jesus was sitting in their midst, He told the disciples ‘this is my body’ and ‘this is my blood’. Knowing Christ was human, they realized that surely he was not two places at once, both in the chair and in the bread or cup. He also stated, “as often as you do this, do it in remembrance of me”. He did not state that it was to be more than a symbolic gesture to remember Him.

    We invite all who have committed their life to Christ to join with us when we observe Communion, whether or not they are a member of our church.  As the Lord’s Supper is both symbolic and commemorative, we allow for substitute elements to be used where unleavened bread and wine are not available or practical to use.