Why we celebrate communion
The birth of Jesus is a very special event, because Jesus came from heaven to earth, to show us the right way to live. He died willingly, taking the punishment for all the things we think, do and say that are wrong. And He was raised to life again, defeating death and enabling us to be right with God.
When we believe and accept in our hearts and minds that Jesus died and rose again, for us personally, and choose to live life His way, then we can know peace and joy. Today. Now! And we will have the assurance of being in heaven when we die.
When we celebrate communion, we remember what Jesus has done for us, and say "thank you".
So, what actually happens?
When we meet to celebrate communion, we often sing a song or hymn that reminds us of what the Bible says about Jesus' life, death and resurrection. We think about the impact on us personally, helped by our Pastor or someone else giving a short talk about it. And we read some of the Bible that describes what Jesus has done for us.
We are given a small piece of bread each, which we eat when we receive it. This helps us to think about how Jesus' body was broken, for us. Of the impact that our wrongdoing had on Jesus.
Then we are given a small cup of red grape juice each, which we hold onto, then drink all together after everyone has been served. The drinking of the juice helps us to think about the blood of Jesus being poured out for us. Covering and taking away all the things we have thought, said and done that are wrong.
And then we think about what the Bible says about Jesus being raised to life once more, defeating death and enabling us to have everlasting spiritual life too, if we put our faith in God, accept that Jesus died, was burred and rose again for us, individually, and choose to live life His way.
Communion is regularly a time when we pray for people we know who may be sick, or going through difficult circumstances, people who we would love to see the come to know Jesus in a personal way; that they would encounter Jesus and let Him shine His love on their lives and bring healing and restoration, physically and spiritually to them.
The communion service is a time people might experience one or many emotions.
- There can be deep sadness that it was necessary for Jesus, the Son of God, to have to die; that something we have done has such a devastating result.
- We might feel full of joy and release that Jesus was willing to go through such suffering, for us, so that we can be made right with God.
- And the thought of Jesus now being alive, inviting everyone to accept His free gift of everlasting life can make us want to recommit ourselves to following Him and telling others of this fantastic news!
What about you?
You are welcome to join us and thank God for what He has done in your life, and celebrate communion with us.
If you know that you have not asked Jesus to be Lord of your live, that you have not said sorry for the wrong stuff you have done, that you have not chosen to live life His way, then you are still welcome to join us as we celebrate communion. Sit with us. Don't join in, but observe what we do. Think about what the Bible says about it. And after the celebration, ask some questions.
When are the celebrations?
We celebrate communion on the second Sunday evening and the fourth Sunday morning of each month - click here for more information about our Sunday activities.
We also celebrate communion every Thursday lunchtime, 11:30am to 12:15pm.
We look forward to sharing this special time with you!