WHO OVERSEES THE SACRAMENT?
The sacraments, Baptism, and Communion, are gifts from God given to the church. The church entrusts the administration of these sacred gifts to their pastors. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated as part of an online worship experience for the entire congregation worshiping from their homes.
HOW: PREPARATION FOR THE LORD’S SUPPER
Between now and Sunday (5/3/20), gather the items that you will need to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in your home. The essential items are:
- Wine (either red or white) or Grape Juice
- Bread (or crackers or tortillas). See below for an unleavened bread recipe and video.
- Optional: A candle or two.
- A table to use as a make-shift altar where you can still see the online service.
****For your safety and the safety of others, please do not make a special trip to the store just for these items. If you are unable to get the items on a regular trip, please contact the church office (352-409-8464). We have people who can deliver these items to you.***
We believe Communion is a sacred meal whereby Jesus Christ offers His true body and blood in and with the bread and wine. Christ invites us to join Him around His family table to receive forgiveness for our sins and the strengthening of our faith. If you are a baptized Christian and if you share this belief of the true presence in the bread and wine, we welcome you to the Lord’s Table.
First Corinthians, Chapter 11, states: “Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink without discerning the body, eat and drink judgment upon themselves.” Therefore, we ask you to examine yourself before taking the Lord’s Supper. Consider these questions:
- Do I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior?
- Do I realize that I am a sinner?
- Do I believe that with the bread and wine I am receiving Christ’s true body and blood for the forgiveness of my sins?
HOW IT WILL WORK:
Pastor Zach will guide you, but you may wish to have this verbiage handy as well:
1. We are asking the spiritual heads of each household to lead their family in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
2. When Pastor Zach indicates, the spiritual head of the household may say the "Words of Institution" along with him during our online worship service.
Please say these words out loud in your home setting at the appropriate time:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, 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, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also, he took the cup after supper, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you. This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
3. After you have shared these words with the family, we invite you to distribute the bread and wine/juice to the members of the family who have been properly instructed in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
• As you distribute the bread, say to each person, "Take and eat; this is the body of Christ given for you."
• After they have received the bread, offer them the wine or juice, saying, "Take and drink; this is the blood of Christ shed for you."
4. If you have a young child who does not yet receive communion, or adult not yet ready to join this confession, we would invite you place your hand on their head and share with them this promise from God: “Let the little children come to me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these."
BAKE SOME BREAD:
If you’re interested, you can make your own unleavened bread for Communion. Check out the video and recipe below! You're not required to use unleavened bread in Communion, but this could be a great family activity.
Unleavened Bread Recipe:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix flour, oil, and salt together in a bowl; add water and mix using a pastry cutter until the dough is soft. Form dough into 6 balls and press into disks onto the prepared baking sheet using your hands.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Please check out the PDF document below for more information about why it is appropriate to celebrate Communion at homes during times of crisis.
Email Pastor Zach with any additional questions.