Take and eat this is my body…
Drink from it, all of you.
This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
It’s Not Just Bread and Wine
We eat bread and drink wine in the sacrament as Jesus commanded. But Holy Communion is more than just the bread and wine we see and taste. Jesus promises, “this is my body” and this is my blood”. Jesus is physically present with us through the bread and wine we eat and drink. As St. Paul notes in 1 Corinthians 10, “Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?” In a miraculous way, Jesus assures us of our forgiveness through the very elements with which he earned our salvation – his body and blood.
It’s a Sacrament, Not a Sacrifice
Holy Communion is not a sacrifice, but a sacrament. It is not something we do in order to be forgiven. It is something we do, by Christ’s command, because we are already forgiven. This sacred act assures you and me of what is already ours through Jesus. It’s a reassuring “I love you” from your Savior.
We Take This Seriously
In 1 Corinthians 11, St. Paul gives a firm warning against someone receiving the Lord’s Supper with an unbelieving heart. We don’t presume to know what is in your heart, but we take Paul’s warning very seriously. We ask visitors to please wait to receive the sacrament until you have an opportunity to communicate your common faith with Grace through church membership. Grow in Grace Class is a great starting point. Speak with Pastor about enrolling in the class.