Step 1: Supplies
Make sure you have what you need. Typically we use a cracker and grape juice. If you don't have that, feel free to improvise with something else or let us know you need supplies by filling out the form at the bottom of the page and you can either come by and get some or we would be happy to deliver!
Step 2: Read Scripture
Read a scripture that pertains to Jesus death and/or His institution of the Lord's Supper. Some really good ones are below:
- Matthew 26:26-30
- Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
- Mark 14:22-26
- And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
- Luke 22:19-20
- And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
- John 3:14-18
- And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
- Romans 5:8
- But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
- 1 Peter 2:22-25
- He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
- 1 Peter 3:18
- For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit
Step 3: Talk Together About The Scripture You Read
Talking about what you've read is a good way to reinforce what you are doing and why you are doing it. Many traditions refer to communion as the "eucharist," which simply means "thanksgiving." Perhaps sharing why this specific verse makes you thankful for the sacrifice of Jesus can inspire thanksgiving in others.
If you are by yourself, you might consider calling a friend. It could be neat to see what Scriptures you each chose and hear any thoughts the other might have.
Step 4: Pass Out Communion
If you have others with you, now is the time to pass it out to everyone. Since it is a smaller group than what we do on Sundays, we would encourage you to wait and take together once everyone has it.
Step 5: Eat the Bread and Drink the Juice Together
I don't know that you need much instruction on this one...
Step 6 (For Parents of Little Ones, Especially): Explain
If you have someone who is curious what this is all about, take some time to explain it. Communion is a great opportunity to help someone understand the Gospel and the great sacrifice that Jesus has made on our behalf.