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Matthew 26:26

"As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, 'Take this and eat it, for this is my body.'”

Bread loaf and wine cup in preparation for communion.

During the pandemic it has been difficult for many people to gather together in regular worship services. Some churches have been closed entirely, other churches are holding smaller, reduced services. This means that many believers have not participated in communion for quite some time.

While participating in a communion service does not save a person, it is an important ordinance of the church. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 that we should engage in communion in order to remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us. His blood was spilled and his body died so that we might be healed and given new life.

While you may not be able to take communion at your local church right now, you can participate in this sacred ritual on your own. This week, make it a goal to hold your own communion service. Do this by yourself, or even better, gather with fellow believers in your family or neighborhood to celebrate communion. For bread, you can use a cracker, a roll, or even a gluten free substitute. If you don't want to use wine, you can use grape juice, sparkling cider, or a flavored drink. The actual symbols you use are not that important. What is important is that you take some time to examine your life and thank God for his suffering and sacrifice for you. Then read a passage of scripture, such as 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, and take the communion elements. The pandemic has surely disrupted our lives, but it should not hinder us from giving glory to God.

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Debby Hudson via Unsplash)

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