Next, by participating in communion we remember how Jesus offered up his own body sacrificially. Remembering the completeness of Christ’s death emphasizes the triumph of Jesus rising on Easter. Through eating and drinking we recognize how God is at work in us- a visible sign of an invisible grace. Communion as a practice is also a way of remembering that as Christians we are connected to God and each other. We will now serve the communion elements to one another.
During this same meal that we just read about, Jesus took bread, and broke it saying,
“This is my body, which is given for you. Take and eat this, and remember me.”
In the same way, after supper he took one of the cups that the Israelites drank at Passover to remember God’s promise of salvation and said,
“This is the new covenant in my blood. Take this, drink it, and remember me.”
Friends, we take the bread and the cup to remember how much God loves us, and invites us to participate in God’s work in the world. It is a gift, given freely through Christ. This is beautiful, love-driven work that makes strangers part of God’s family.