BTC – Phase 4 – Lesson 2
Communion Script – Interdenominational Service
For Cell-Ministries, Home-Churches, Individual or Group Worship
“This do in remembrance of me.”- 1 Corinthians 11:24 (KJV)
Note To Host of Communion Ceremony: One person can lead this service or several folks can share different segments, pausing as the Spirit leads, so that participants can focus on each step and absorb the benefits of the overall experience. Though there are many different ways in which Communion is celebrated in the Body, this “Suggested Script” does not need to replace one’s customary service, but it can offer a different perspective on the purpose of the Sacrament. For more about Communion, please see the other articles available in this Phase of BTC Guided Study Experience.
Suggested Communion Script:
Communion Host/Officiate Reads out loud: “Welcome to the Lord’s Table and to our Communion Ceremony!”
Reading More: Communion offers us a special opportunity to “Remember” the sacrifices of Jesus at the time of his passion and death as well as to reflect on the many examples of Love and Mercy which he gave us throughout his life and ministry on earth.
Why do we do this? We “Remember” so we might follow in the Footsteps of the Master, a path which will require much commitment and the development of character of soul; a path for which we will need to refresh our hearts and minds on a regular basis in order to continue in our daily resolve to become those who are known by their Fruit.
Communion involves Belief in that we reflect on the past, on what occurred in the life of Jesus some 2000 years ago. Yet, as we “Remember” we are also reminded of what is possible for our souls to achieve by the Grace of God.
Reading More – Becoming “Christ-Like”: It is likely that all of us struggle from time to time with “old knee jerk” reactions left over from the habits of the flesh-nature. Due to the limitations of our “old nature” we may not be able to consistently forgive; we may find it hard to demonstrate Fruit of the Spirit or hold to Mercy in the face of difficulties or painful events. But via the New Nature (by the Spirit) we can forgive and we can become vessels for Spiritual Fruit, which is why we need the Spirit and why the examples which Jesus left us are so important to “Remember” and to draw from frequently and as often as needed.
So in moving closer to the goal of becoming “Christ-like,”… we also remind ourselves during Communion, that we have been given the Gift of the Holy Ghost (Grace), which is the Seed of His Spirit bringing the Resurrection Power, to lift us, to enable us, and to carry us where we cannot go without that help. We ask the Spirit or the New Man at Communion time, not only to “discern” our hearts and motives, but to also show us where we might need to come up higher in our Love Walk.
After we are clear and responsive to what “chastening” or encouragement that there is to receive from the “Greater He” within us, we move on to partake of the Bread, representing mercy as well as all of us in the Body who are to be the Bread of Mercy. Then, we take of the Wine, representing the Spirit within us by which we can transform. All of this is done in celebration of our New and wonderful Covenant.
“But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” – 1 Corinthians 11:32 (KJV)
In this Scripture we see that whenever we submit to being examined or “judged” by the Spirit, by the Christ in us or “of the Lord” as the verse states, we are then open and able to be corrected and redirected, especially if we have become side-tracked or distracted from a focus on the Spirit.
As our soul identifies more and more with the Spirit of Christ…or… as “the two become one,” that is… the soul and the Spirit, we find ourselves living more and more by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction; For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getting understanding.” – Proverbs 3:11-13 (KJV)
Read: Remembrance at Communion Time: “But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” – John 14:26 (KJV)
With our souls, our minds and our hearts… we experience this “Remembrance” at Communion time…as we contemplate Jesus and His many shining examples of Love in action; we also “remember” His many Commandments given to us, to “also do” as he has shown us, such as:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV)
With the help of the “Gift of the Holy Ghost,” which is the “Holy Spirit” within us, we lean into that Spirit that we might “have ears ….and hear” what “saith the Spirit to us,” now at the time of our Communion and always, as we continue to walk with the Spirit everywhere we go.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” – Revelations 2:17 (KJV)
Read: Let Us Prepare For Communion
We begin our Ceremony with the “Our Father” as we contemplate the wonderful meaning of the words. In Matthew 6: 7-13 (KJV) we find:
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye…”
“The Our Father”
Our Father which art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power
And the Glory forever… Amen”
And immediately after Jesus teaches this prayer we see that He adds in verse 14-15: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Once again, we see how important that Mercy and Forgiveness is to Jesus.
Approaching the Table with a Clean Heart:
Read: So, prior to approaching the Lord’s Table to partake of the Bread & Wine, we seek the Spirit (which is Grace,) to “discern” our hearts and motives and ask that any remaining “tare” (false wheat or hindering element) be brought to our attention for healing and cleansing, especially with reference to the need to forgive or apply mercy somewhere in our lives.
This is done, so that we might “take Communion” with a clean heart, as it is possible to come to the Table in an unworthy condition by taking Communion before clearing one’s heart of un-forgiveness.
Yet, since “learning how to forgive” is one of the reasons why we come to the Table in the first place, let us take the first step now in preparing for Communion by simply pausing to ask the Holy Spirit, to bring to our attention any areas of our love walk where we might need to come up higher; we also ask to be shown by God, any areas of un-forgiveness which we might be holding.
Forgiving & Releasing in Love & Mercy As We Are Forgiven & Released (Moment of Prayer & Meditation).
Note: Music can be playing during the meditation time.
Read: As the music plays: If a name or face comes to mind for any of us during this part of our ceremony of someone who we still find hard to forgive or release, we can ask help from God to “move the mountain” from our hearts. We can also pray and “stand in the gap” for those whom we know are challenging to us and pray for peace. And as we pray for them, we are released from the burden of the pain of the “fiery darts” which may have in any way affected us.
Note: Should any participants desire a brother or sister from the Body to pray with them at this time, they can indicate their need to those in attendance who are assigned to assist in this manner during the service.
Celebrating “Mercy” with the reading of Scriptures
Read these Scriptures or other Scriptures about “Mercy”:
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love they which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew 5: 44-48 (KJV)
“They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth; I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.” – Matthew 9:12-13 (KJV)
“When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25-26 (KJV)
“By Mercy and Truth, iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil” – Proverbs 16:6 (KJV)
“Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”- Psalms 23:6 (KJV)
Remembering “The Last Supper” with The reading of Scriptures:
Read: Luke 22: 14-20 (KJV) – “And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come.”
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
Read: Then we see this account in: 1 Corinthians 11: 23–25 (KJV) when Paul by the Holy Ghost, spoke of the Last Supper: “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Sharing of the Bread & Wine (or Juice)
Suggested Music: “Remember Me”
Read: As music plays: Let us share the Bread and the Wine or Juice as we continue “In remembrance” of the life full of peace and mercy which Jesus has for us, reflecting on the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:15-17 (KJV): “I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” For we being many, are one bread and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”
As we eat the Bread we “Remember,” that we are to be the Bread of Mercy everywhere we go, as we represent Jesus. And as we drink the wine, we “Remember” our New Covenant which brings us the power to change and grow by the Spirit of God; that we might become the people of God which He has in mind and that we might fulfill the calling and purpose of our souls in this life.
Conclusion: Offer a Prayer & a word of encouragement for all to continue in Mercy & Grace; or open the floor for folks to share their experiences or revelations. Conclude with music.
Special Music: To see Playlist of Videos by Ann M. Wolf to stream during service – Click Here
Remember Me – The Album: For more about this special album of songs supporting prayer, communion, and new life in Christ – Click Here
“Suggested Communion Script” – BTC – By Ann M. Wolf – c 2014 – BMI – All Rights Reserved
Click to play for your personal or group Communion Service