Jesus made it very clear to his overwhelmed disciples that communion is time of remembrance.
I Cor. 11:23-26 – The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
The very need for the word “remember” signifies that we tend to forget things. And I believe a big part of our stress, anxiety and sense of feeling overwhelmed is because we have forgotten some things about ourselves and our God that we should remember!
So, what are we supposed to be “remembering” during a time of communion?
What should our minds be considering as we take the bread and juice that represents the body and blood of Jesus?
What should we be thinking about …
- As the trays are passing by
- The lights are low
- The room is quiet
- And most of our heads are bowed