Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is a symbol of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It is a tangible way to show followers of Jesus that He gave His body for us and died in our place (the bread) and forgave our sins by shedding His blood (juice). It is an act of worship and a very meaningful practice for many people. This practice is intended to be taken by those who have already made a profession of faith or have made the decision to follow Jesus Christ. However, it is important to be reminded that it is not up to us to determine who will and will not take communion, that decision is between the individual and God. Your job as a facilitator of communion is to invite all who are willing to share in this practice and explain the significance of this symbol to those who are involved.
Originally, bread and wine were used to symbolize the body and blood of Jesus. Because they were used as symbols, you can substitute just about anything for the bread and wine. You can use Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and milk if you wanted to. However, some people might feel weird about using candy or a pop tart for the body of Jesus and Soda for the blood of Jesus. It could take away from the reverence and significance of the event, depending on your group. Typically, we use crackers and juice. You can go to the grocery store and purchase crackers (saltine or oyster) and buy grape juice and serve it in paper or plastic cups. I know, it’s not as cool as using communion cups but it will work in a pinch.
Make sure that the place where you are observing Communion is free from distraction. Encourage everyone to put their phones on silent and turn off all devices. If young kiddos are present, make sure they know what is happening and that you would prefer that they not interrupt. I know, all bets are off with that but it might help minimize distractions. If you think they can handle it, invite them to join you!You can circle up in chairs so that you are face to face or if you want to situate everyone around the room so that they can pray or have a moment alone with God, that can work too. You can even play worship music on a device if you find that helpful.
Below, you’ll find a script for Communion. Feel free to use the version of the Bible that you are most comfortable with and leave time for prayer and reflection.
Tonight, we are going to celebrate communion. You may know it by another name like the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist. Whatever you call it…It is one of the two things that Jesus asked us to practice on a regular basis. Baptism is the other. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. It represents a decision that you have already made. That decision is to trust in Jesus and make Him Lord of your life.There is nothing magical about Baptism. The water comes out of the faucet. It doesn’t wash your sins away or change your heart. Baptism is a symbol. It is a symbol of dying to self (like Jesus died on the cross) and our resurrection from spiritual death into a new life with Jesus.Much like Baptism, Communion is also a symbol. It is a powerful reminder of what Jesus did for us on the cross. The bread represents His body and the juice symbolizes His blood.Sharing – The word “Communion” literally means to share something. It refers to sharing a meal or breaking bread together at a table.Upper Room – It’s in reference to a meal that Jesus shared with His disciples before His death. It took place in a home which traditionally is called “the Upper Room” which just means that it happened upstairs in someone’s house. That meal was called “Passover”. Death Passed Over - The Passover meal was eaten as a symbol or reminder of how the nation of Israel, was once enslaved in Egypt and God rescued them. He did it by instructing them to put lamb’s blood on their door posts. As a result, death would literally pass over them and spare them. God delivered them from slavery and death.Guess what. That Passover meal, was just a meal. But the symbolism was powerful.The night that Jesus was betrayed and handed over to be killed, they shared this meal together He took the bread and told His disciples:“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you;” (Eat the cracker. Pause.)In the same way, He took the cup of wine and said:“This cup is the new covenant in My blood; ” ( 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) (Drink. Pause.)You see, Jesus was comparing Himself to the Passover Lamb. It was a symbol for what He was about to do on the cross for them. That He would die in their place, His body would be broken. He was also showing them that His blood would be shed as payment for their sins. From now on, that meal would symbolize what Jesus was about to do for them and the rest of the world.Just in case the disciples didn’t get it, He made it simple by summarizing it with one phrase…“do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19So tonight, I want you to do just that. I want you to remember Jesus and what He did for you on the cross and I want you to reflect on how that changes your life. Remember – When we remember, we remember that His body was broken for us. He was beaten and crucified for our sins and died to pay a penalty that we couldn’t pay. We remember that His blood was poured out for the forgiveness of sins. We are forgiven and made righteous in His sight.Reflection – In remembering that, we should reflect on what that means to us. The fact that Jesus loved us so much that He would die for us so that we could spend eternity with God, should move us toward worship and action! So, let’s take a few minutes to remember and reflect in silence. This time is between you and God. Maybe you would like to spend some time thanking Him for who He is and what He’s done in your life. You could use this time to confess to Him your sins and ask for forgiveness. (Wait about two minutes and allow your group this time with God. If you are sensing people are uncomfortable with that much time, you can cut it short. If you feel like they need more, give them more.) Wrap up in prayer: (The following is a suggested prayer. Feel free to close in prayer however you would like.)God we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You for loving us so much that You would spare nothing, not even Your Son, to save us from our sins. Help us to always remember that love and reflect on His sacrifice on our behalf. Give us the strength to live our lives by faith in Him this week. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Cor. 11:26
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:26-28While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from 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 never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:22-25And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” And when He had taken some bread and 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 in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” Luke 22:17-20Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:32-34Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which 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 He took the cup also 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 Corinthians 11:23-26