Communion at home

On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate communion at Church of the Open Door and traditionally, we lead the entire church together at the end of our service time. As we prepare to be at our homes for Sunday service on May 3rd, we want you to also prepare for a time of remembering what Jesus has done for us in the gospel–remembering his death, burial, resurrection, and call for us to walk with him!  

There are many questions about who should participate in communion. Communion is open to all those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ!  Whether you’ve been surrendered to Jesus for a long time, or have surrendered just this week, you are able to join us.  It is a time of communing with God (just a fancy word for being in relationship with him, abiding in him, and thanking him).

Instead of taking communion near the end of our service, this week we invite you to take time and participate in communion at home.  You can lead through communion right where you are!  The early church would celebrate a whole meal together and remember Jesus through the elements of bread and wine.  It is remembering, thanking God, and connecting with him.  We invite you to prepare your juice (or wine) and cracker and take communion as the early church did with whatever you have to eat.  It does not have to be a fancy lunch or even with other people, as long as you invite the Lord to be there with you.  

There are no magic words in taking communion.  

If you are looking for more direction, here are some scripture passages you can read and words that you can ponder:
Read Mark 14:12-26 and Hebrews 10:11-18
Remember what Christ has done for you.
Thank him.
Enjoy him.
Take the bread, break it…remember and say aloud “Jesus was broken for me”
Remember what Christ has done for you.
Thank him.
Enjoy him.
Take the juice, pour it out…remember and say aloud “Jesus was poured out for me”
Remember what Christ has done for you.
Thank him.
Enjoy him.

Sing a hymn:
All I One Held Dear by Graham Kendrick
All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this
Knowing you, Jesus, knowing you,
There is no greater thing
You’re my all, you’re the best
You’re my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord
Now my heart’s desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness
Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die 

You can do this at any time during your day.  It’s up to you.  But what is important is that you remember and surrender in new ways to the Lord as you remember what he has done for you.

Have a great week!  We can’t wait to worship with you on Sunday!

Open Door Staff