The simple act of sharing bread and wine together is central to most Christian Churches. For us this serves as the climax of our service on the third Sunday in each month. As we pray and worship together we remember how our Lord Jesus Christ met with his disciples on the night when he was betrayed (celebrated especially each year at Easter time as Maundy Thursday), the day before he gave his life for our sakes (Good Friday). Like them we share bread and wine together, but not as a meal – we just receive a small portion of bread taken from a small loaf of bread and a very small glass of wine (in our church this is always non-alcoholic). These are bought to us in our seats.
The bread reminds us that as bread was first broken and given to the disciples so our Lord’s body was soon to be broken on the cross for our sakes. We remember how Jesus said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.” Yet because we all eat from the one loaf we are also reminded that we find our unity in Jesus. This is a symbol of our commitment to each other.
After we have eaten we receive and share the wine just as Jesus and his friends did. We remember how he said, “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” It serves to remind us that Jesus gave his life for our sake: his life-blood was the cost of our forgiveness. When we identify with his action and put our trust in him we are promised forgiveness for all we have done wrong, fellowship with him and a new life that even death cannot end.
All who love our Lord Jesus as their Saviour are welcome to share in this solemn act with us: you do not have to be a member of this church or any other to take part, but we hope that all who share communion with us, however new their faith, will be gladly expressing their devotion to him. For many that will lead to an eagerness to learn more about the Christian faith, a commitment to a local congregation, and the public witness of Believers’ Baptism.