Jesus told us that we should celebrate communion often.
You don't need to wait to celebrate communion at church. See the instructions below for ideas on how you can celebrate communion at home!
At Home Communion
Right now we are in unprecedented times! Never before, in our lifetime have we been told that we can’t, or at least shouldn’t, go to church. You may be feeling as though you are missing out on doing something very special, taking communion with your church family.
Even though we are unable to take communion together as a church family, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still take communion. Instead, celebrate communion with your immediate family.
Some people may not realize that you don’t have to wait for a pastor to administer communion to you. You can take the Lord’s Supper at home, in fact, Jesus encourages it. Taking communion together with your church family is a big blessing; it’s a powerful time with the Lord. However, Jesus said, “as often as you do this” when He administered the first Lord’s Supper. Notice the word, “often.” Jesus was encouraging us to remember Him, often, and He prescribed the Lord’s Supper as one of the ways to do that.
And so, you can and should take communion with your family at home, in addition to taking communion at church, with your church family. Here is an easy way for you to do this!
Start with 1st Corinthians 11:27-34:
“Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further direction.”
In other words, when Paul said that no one should take the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner, he was speaking to the church members who were rushing into it without thinking of its meaning. Those who did so were “guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.” Instead of honoring His sacrifice, they were sharing in the guilt of those who crucified Christ. In reality, no one is worthy to take the Lord’s Supper. We are all sinners saved by grace. This is why we should prepare ourselves for Communion through healthy introspection, confession of sin, and resolution of differences with others. These actions remove the barriers that affect our relationship with Christ and with other believers. Awareness of your sin should not keep you away from Communion but should drive you to participate in it.
Once we understand this, then we can continue on with Communion. The following pages include a short home/family communion that you can follow along with. Of course you can adapt it to fit your family.
Start with a prayer:
“Lord, today we apply the blood and body of Jesus Christ to our lives, to the lives of our family, our safety, our finances, our ministry, our work and everything that pertains to us. With the blood of Jesus, and the name of Jesus, we break every curse and enemy mission against us. Every evil thing falls to the ground right now, broken and of no effect, in the name of Jesus.
We ask for God’s holy protection over all of us, our family, loved ones, our church and everything that pertains to us. Lord, keep us safe, healthy and protect us. Bless us!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Read: “On the night before He died, Jesus shared a final meal with His disciples. And during the meal, Jesus gave to His disciples, this special way of remembering Him: with broken bread and juice. We celebrate The Lord's Supper because Jesus commands us: 'Do this in remembrance of me.'
The bread is broken in pieces and is a sign of Jesus' body that is broken on the cross. The juice is poured and is a sign of Jesus' blood that is shed on the cross. Both the bread and juice point to the reality of a greater and deeper salvation: Jesus set us free by dying on the cross in our place. When we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we remember Jesus' death. But we also remember His resurrection from the dead. In fact, as our risen Savior, Jesus is the host who invites us to His table. He’s the One who serves the bread and juice.
(Gather the elements.)
1 Corinthians 11:23-26: The Lord Jesus, on the night 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, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Pray: “God we thank You that this bread represents the body of Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. We thank You that Christ lives in us through the Holy Spirit, setting us into a family of believers. Amen”
"Jesus said, 'Do this in remembrance of me.' Let us eat together."
Pray: “God we give thanks for this juice, and we ask You to bless it as the symbol of Christ's blood, shed for the remission of our sins. Thank You for the sacrifice of Jesus, Your only Son to die for us, washing us clean and bringing us peace with You. Amen”
"The cup of the new covenant is Jesus Christ's blood shed for you. Jesus said, 'Do this in remembrance of me.' Let us drink together."
(Drink the juice)
We will celebrate the Lord's Supper until Jesus returns. At the end of history, Jesus will return and we will eat a meal together again, this time celebrating Jesus's return.
Finish with Prayer
We hope this short family communion information helps you celebrate the Lord’s Supper together, as a family. Very soon we will once again be able to celebrate communion together as a church family. But just because we are unable to do so right now, doesn’t mean that we should stop communion all together! When the time comes, when we can be together again, we hope to see you at The Gathering Church!
The Gathering Church
*If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our church office at 719.395.6337
Note: The communion elements are symbolic. Just because you don't have the exact same communion elements that are used in your church it doesn't mean you should stop taking communion. All you need to have to take communion is some sort of bread or crackers, we have even used gold fish crackers. For the cup, you can use any type of juice or wine, anything will work in a pinch! Please contact The Gathering Church if you need help obtaining communion elements!