Time to Prepare for Worship...Observing Communion

This week’s worship at ClearView will be defined by the addition of the Lord’s Supper as a part of the service.’ It is always a special time when we observe this ordinance in our worship service.  It is a great reminder of the great sacrifice that Christ made for us.

In some traditions this ordinance is observed each week. We don’t, instead planning special Sundays for this event. Observing communion less frequently is intentional so that this ordinance can be given importance and sufficient time. In our planning of a ‘Communion Sunday’ we give less time for other elements of the service.

When the word ‘communion’ is searched in a Thesaurus the words ‘unity’ and ‘relationship’ are displayed.  We have a ‘relationship’ with God and ‘unity’ with His Son and fellow believers only because of the great sacrifice made on the cross of Christ…and that is why we celebrate communion.

Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy way will be guilty of sin against the body and blood of the Lord. So a man should examine himself; in this way he should eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
 I Corinthians 11:27-28


These scriptures immediately follow the instruction on how to observe ‘The Lord’s Supper.’ Here we find scriptures that challenge us to examine ourselves before we take of the bread and the wine. This is what is going to be on my mind until the worship services on Sunday…time to examine my relationship with God…time to make sure that I have communicated with God about everything and asked forgiveness so that I can truly worship….time to prepare for worship.