Paul’s letter to the Ephesians gives an amazing summary of God’s work of salvation. It begins with the awesome affirmation that God loved us even before the universe was created, and that God had planned from the start to fulfill God’s purpose for us and for the created order.
This plan is for the entire universe to become one and whole in Christ (vs. 10). This unity and wholeness was first manifest in the way God made Jews and Gentiles one in the new Christian community. Then, in giving us God’s Spirit, God filled us with God’s life, and showed us that the promise of salvation is real, and that God’s plan will come to be.
It’s amazing to think that everything God does is focused on this plan of salvation for the universe, and that God invites us not only to know intimacy with God, but to participate in making God’s love and life known to the world. It’s even more amazing to think of how much God was prepared to sacrifice for the sake of this plan. Stop and reflect on this for a moment before taking communion.
When you gather as followers of Jesus, spend time in quiet meditation, silently considering and confessing your sins.
When you are ready, have someone read this passage from scripture —
“For 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.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24
Pass out bread you have set aside for your group, and eat. Continue the reading —
“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.’” 1 Corinthians 11:25
Share the juice or wine you have set aside for your group, and drink.
Finish the reading: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
You have shared in The Lord’s Supper. You are His, and He is yours!