Communion

Twice a month, in the morning of the second Sunday and the evening of the last Sunday, we have the Lord’s table at the end of the service. This is sometimes known as the Lord’s supper or communion. In this part of the service we serve bread and wine, just small amounts, to eat and drink in remembrance of Jesus Christ. We do this because Jesus Himself left instructions for Christians to continue something that He Himself started for His followers at the Last Supper on the night before He was crucified.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

(Matthew 26:26-28, NIV)

At the Lord’s table we listen to God’s Word, to help us think rightly about Jesus our Saviour, we sing and pray, we share together some bread and wine. The bread and the wine are not literally the body and blood of Jesus, but they serve to remind us of how He lived and died for us in order to save us from sin and its terrible, everlasting consequences and to bring us into God’s Kingdom. In this way, the Lord’s table is a time for thanksgiving to God, a means by which our faith is strengthened and our spiritual relationship with Jesus is deepened. As we share the bread and wine we are also reminded that we are united together as Christian people and so participating at the Lord’s table also strengthens our fellowship.

We invite to the Lord's table all those who are true Christians, that is born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. If that is not true of you, then you are still most welcome to stay. It is an opportunity for you to think about the Christian message which says that we are all sinful people facing God’s rightful judgement and condemnation for our sins, but that we can be saved from that by trusting in Jesus Christ as our Saviour. We do ask though that you do not take the bread and wine when they are served, simply let them pass by.