As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”
And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
The service of communion is very meaningful to me. Prior to my becoming a Christian in 1994, I would not take communion, even when we were attending church as a family, because I could not profess something that I did not believe in. But when my heart was opened to God by the realization of what Jesus had done for me personally, and for everyone else, I was eager and even compelled to be a part of this fellowship which unites all who have faith in Christ and the sacrifice that was made. When I step forward to share in the bread & juice, I focus on all that God has done for me and what I need to do in response. I look forward to when we can all share this again in our sanctuary.
Jesus, I pray that you will carry us through this time when we cannot share communion with the same intimacy that we usually enjoy, and that when we can return to worshipping in the same space we will realize that you were always with us even in our isolation. Please during this time give special care and comfort to those who are most affected and empower us to do what we can. Amen.