However it looks, whether it is chaotic, noisy, and busy; or quiet and still, God's presence is with us. Participate in God's grace for whatever your setting is. If you can, slow down for a few minutes to pause, and reflect on the goodness of God. Recognize His presence with you and among you, respond in thanks for what He has done. Before partaking in the emblems, here are some suggestions you might consider leading through. You are free to use what is most helpful in your setting and leave what isn’t:
-Take time to reflect and share the good things that God has been teaching you in the past few weeks. How has God been using this unique season to draw you and your loved ones closer to Him? What are you celebrating, what are you grieving? Lay your burdens down at the cross, as you lift up your praise.
- Listen to a song of worship that has been particularly meaningful in past times you have celebrated communion.
- Read Psalm 103:1-5 and Psalm 145:1-3 and reflect on these passages. Allow these scriptures to become your prayer and desire as you partake in communion.
- Hold the communion emblems in your hands. Reflect for a moment about what these symbols mean to you, what do they reveal to you about God?
- Take time to pray. Feel free to pray in your own words, or to use this prayer:
Lord, we thank you for the wondrous gift of your love, your mercy, your salvation, that was purchased for us at the cross. We stand in awe of our King who willingly paid the price for our sin, and took the punishment that we deserved. By your wounds we are healed. Thank you for bearing the crown of suffering for us. Thank you that by your blood, we are made free to live in your kingdom now and forever. We give you praise and thanks today. Amen.
- Enjoy the meal. You may want to speak these words to the person with you, for the bread: “the body of Christ, broken for you,” for the cup: “the blood of Christ, shed for you.”
- After receiving the bread and cup, consider spending some time praying for others. Pray for those who are lonely, pray for frontline workers who are working right now, pray for your neighbors, and family who are at a distance. Lift up the concerns of people around you in intercession.
- Read this benediction as you conclude your time: “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
We pray God’s richest blessing over you as you participate and lead in this time of communion.