For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that 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 Corinthians 11:23-26 NSRV)
This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Christians around the world will celebrate Holy Communion, and they will remember.
They will remember what our Lord Jesus did for us on the cross. They will remember how his body was hung on a cross for us. They will remember that his blood, the life within the body, was spilled for us. They will remember that we have life eternal through our faith because of this act of submission.
They will also remember that while we belong to a local congregation, we are part of something much larger – the Body of Christ. God’s plan and desire has always been for the body to work together to usher the kingdom into our world. My prayer for this Sunday is that congregations will remember that they are part of that body, the church.
The tradition of the church from the beginning was that communion would be part of every service. Growing up in the church I realized that on the Sundays we celebrated Holy Communion there were many who did not come. Sadly, it is still true today that on the first Sunday when we celebrate Holy Communion, there are those who stay home.
I want to challenge you to consider being part of our celebration this Sunday. Let’s make it one of the best attended services of the year. Let us join together and remember.
Holy Father, as we prepare to gather this Sunday, guide us in our remembering. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!