And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19
This coming weekend we will celebrate communion as a church community during services. Communion (or The Lord’s Supper) is symbolically powerful as we remember the message of the Gospel. Most significantly, we remember Jesus’s death and how he gave his body for everyone who believes in him. He shed his blood to free us from the captivity of sin and pay the price we could never pay. Remembering this through communion recaptures the reality and significance of Jesus’s death which changes everything.
Communion invites us to approach God with “open hands.” When we do, we first release every sin, care, worry and problem to God. Then we are ready to receive. We receive the bread and juice, remembering the price Jesus paid to secure our salvation. We also receive the assurance that our loving God, who cares for us deeply, “works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). Communion also reminds us of our identity in Christ. We are forgiven and wanted by God. Even when we wander away, God is always there, knocking at the door, asking us to accept his forgiveness and re-invite him to continue that wonderful relationship.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Spend some time preparing your heart for communion this weekend by listening to the Ada Bible Worship Team sing “Love So Great.” Thank God for his love through Jesus, a love that “is like the wildest ocean” to which “nothing else compares.”
2023 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.
March is FASTING. Keep track of our spiritual practices at beyondtheweekend.org/spiritualpractices.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.