The last 2 years I’ve had the honor to be part of the Lord’s Supper team. For those of you who don’t know what we do, we are the people who work behind the scenes. We come in early Sunday mornings before the start of the service to prepare communion for the congregation.
This ministry is very important to me for two reasons. One, because of what it symbolizes, and two, because it’s increased my understanding of what communion really is and how communion should be approached. Growing up as a Catholic, I always knew that communion was of paramount importance, so this might be why I felt a calling to serve in this ministry. I’ve realized that communion is not just an observance to remind me that Jesus will come again. It is a personal invitation to be transparent, and to reflect on those areas of my life that may still be keeping me from experiencing intimacy with God. It is an invitation to let go of the sins I committed yesterday and to take hold of everything that Jesus died for me to have TODAY, and that alone is more than enough reason to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Lastly, as we all know, communion is the core and life of our Sunday service here at Redeemer, and for that reason, we are to celebrate that we are all partakers in the sharing of the Lord’s Supper, just as the disciples did. Hence, the reason for the chosen verse for the ministry prayer:
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you. 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 of this fruit of the vine from now until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.” ~ Matthew 26: 26-29.