*On the last verse of the Communion Hymn, go to the Communion Table
Uncover the bread -- the Elders will uncover the Bread and Cup Trays
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
We have gathered around a Table, which does not belong to us. This Table belongs to Jesus; and here we join in an Open Communion – where everyone who accepts Jesus as his or her Savior is invited and welcome.
You are invited to this Table and welcome to eat this Bread and to drink this Cup and thus remember Jesus.
The bread which Jesus gave his Disciples to eat was the bread that was on the Table. He didn’t send out for any special bread because Jesus knew that all bread is a gift from God. It is the daily bread for which we pray. It is the daily bread that God provides. In its own way every bread is special because all bread is a gift from God. For us, the bread on this table today is a special bread not because we ordered something special – it is special because it reminds us of the other very special gift God gives us. That very special gift is new life in Jesus Christ. So today let us eat this bread – this special and yet daily bread to remember Jesus and all of the gifts God gives to us.
(Finish your meditation by saying, “Let us pray.”)
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
When Jesus went with his disciples into the Upper Room, their purpose was to share in a holy meal. During the meal, Jesus took the bread that was on the table. He thanked God for that bread, and then he broke it
(BREAK THE BREAD AND PLACE A PIECE IN THE TWO TOP BREAD TRAYS),
(HOLD UP THE REMAINDER OF THE LOAF AND SAY) and passed it to his friends saying, “This is my body broken for you, eat of it all of you.”
(While the Elders are serving the Diaconate, break the bread into pieces – placing a piece in each of the top bread plates)
(Step back to be served by the Elder on your left.
After being served, – place a piece of Bread in each of the top bread plates)
(After the Elders have taken the next plates, place a piece of Bread in each of the top bread plates)
PICK UP THE CUP AND SAY:
Later in the same meal, Jesus also took a cup from the table. Jesus thanked God for that cup, and then he passed it to his friends saying, “This is my blood which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of your sin, drink all of it.” Let us eat, and drink, and remember what he did for us.
This then is the Cup, which was poured out for you, __________, for you, -----------, for you, ______, and for all of us. Let us drink of the Cup, and receive this blessing.
(The Elders will then cover the tray holders and you return to your seats)