Summary: A message on the service of communion.

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“Come To the Table”

This morning as a body that is united in and through Jesus Christ we have the privilege of coming to the table to partake in the Lord’s Supper, the ordinance of communion. But before we follow Christ’s command in partaking, I would like address four points about coming to the table. I would like us all to understand His Reverence, His Presence, His Plan and our Response. All of these come from partaking in the Lord’s Supper.

“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." 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 Cor 11:23-26).

Let us try to understand the reverence due our Lord as we approach the communion table. We should never look at the Lord’s Supper as a tack on to the end of a church service. But instead we should see it as a service all to itself, one that is truly worthy of our Savior. Coming to the Lord’s Supper is one of the two ordinances that we hold as a church, the other being baptism. Jesus Christ Himself commanded us to partake of it. In the book of 1 Corinthians the church of Corinth had been abusing the Lord’s Supper and the apostle Paul wrote them saying, “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. … For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep” (1 Cor 11:27,30). Members of the Corinthians church were becoming physically weak and sick because they were abusing the privilege of the Lord’s Supper. As a matter of fact it states that some even slept referring to the fact that they had died because of this abuse. Each one of us needs to approach the service of the Lord’s Supper with the reverence that is due it.

Let us pray.

“Strengthen and cleanse, O Lord, the hands which will be held out to receive the bread and cup. Grant that our ears, which will hear Your Word and songs, may not be distracted by sounds of clamor and dispute. Grant that the eyes, which have seen Your great love, may behold Your blessed hope in our Savior Jesus Christ; that the tongues, which will sing Your songs, may speak words of truth. Grant that the feet, which have walked in this sanctuary, may walk ever in the presence of Your light, and grant that we who partake the bread of life and the blood of the new covenant will be restored in newness of life through Jesus Christ. Father we pray this all in the name of the One who is the bread of life Jesus Christ AMEN.”

Are you prepared to come to the table? In our pray there were some very practical thoughts for us to ponder as we consider this question. The hands which will hold the bread and cup – what else have they held? Every letter these hands write, every book they hold, must be pure for they themselves are to be sanctified.

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