Communion Service 13th September

MISSION 13th SEPTEMBER

Good morning everyone and welcome to our Communion Service. Welcome also to all those at home who will be reading these pages. Communion is all about remembering and please remember that we are all members of one family whether we are in Church or in our own homes and that each member is treasured and loved. And, yes, that means that all and each of you is treasured and loved.

This will probably be our last time of meeting in Church for a while because the level of Coronavirus cases is rising again and there are new guidelines. I will be continuing to write a Pastoral Letter each week that will be distributed to everyone. 

So, let’s begin by saying together The Lord’s Prayer/

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OPENING PRAYER (led by Peter)

The problems that surround us at the moment are considerable and they may seem to have no end. The truth is, of course, that things will eventually change, and this period of confusion and disruption will not last forever. In the meantime, let us never forget that we have an all powerful and all loving God who has our lives in His almighty hand.

 

Let’s do that now as we listen to that wonderful hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

HOW GREAT THOU ART (O LORD MY GOD) (words/music)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GKhDCsLrUg

Our reading this morning comes from 1 CORINTHIANS 11: 23-27

Each of you will have, in your hands, a small piece of bread and a small piece of bread and although they are small, they represent all that is most important in our lives. They represent God’s constant presence and love for you and for all those who are dearest to you. Let us remember that now as we listen to the song…FATHER I PLACE INTO YOUR HANDS.

FATHER I PLACE INTO YOUR HANDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBfRNrvvUfc

As I said, the bread and the cup are very small tokens of God’s love but huge in their significance. But, in order to fully appreciate this, we have to really look at them and remember what they mean.

Firstly, we have to LOOK BEHIND US and remember that, without God, we are completely lost in our wrongdoing and sins. God’s power is the only thing that can help us and forgive us for without Him we can do nothing. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Secondly, we need to look WITHIN OURSELVES. St Paul tells us that “before we eat the bread and drink from the cup, everyone must take a long hard look at themselves.” We need to truly admit our need of God and of His love and forgiveness. This is where Communion becomes intensely personal because we are asking “how genuine am I in seeking after God?”

Thirdly, we need to LOOK AHEAD because the Communion that we’re about to share is but a for taste of the banquet that awaits us in the Kingdom of God. The writer of Revelation wrote “happy are those who are called to the heavenly feast that God has prepared for those who love Him.” Life is hard in so many ways but we have been promised a wonderful future of peace, joy and love.

Finally, we need to LOOK UP because if we keep our eyes fixed at ground level we shall miss the hope that God is continually offering to us. He goes for ever before us to lighten our load and to illuminate our path with His light: to comfort us with His love and to strengthen us with His almighty power. 

Jesus said “Come unto Me all those who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you.

And so, remembering all that, we now come to take the bread and drink from the cup.

THE TAKING OF THE BREAD

THE DRINKING FROM THE CUP

THE PRAYERS (led by Peter)

FINAL SONG “IN CHRIST ALONE” (words/music)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16KYvfIc2bE

And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of The Holy Spirit, be with us all for evermore: Amen.


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