Some of you may already have anxiety showing up simply from the thought of leading your family or small group in the Lord's Supper. Well, fear no more! Though it is incredibly weighty when we partake in the Lord's Supper together it's actually not that complicated. So we've put together a sample liturgy you can use to lead your family or small group through communion any time you're together. Now, this is only a sample. Change things up, use different scriptures, tailer it to your immediate context. Take a look at the example below.
As we celebrate the Lord's Supper and give thanks for the body and blood of Jesus, we remember some of the reasons Jesus wants us to partake.
- We remember Jesus' perfect life lived in our stead.
- We remember Jesus' perfect sacrifice as he was crucified, died, and suffered the wrath of God the Father in our stead.
- We remember we have assurance of his presence with us even "to the end of the age".
- We remember that Jesus blood completely washes away our past, present, and future sins as if they do not exist.
Father, thank you for the Son, our King. Thank you for your redeeming work through his life, death, and resurrection. We come before you humbly because Jesus humbled himself "to the point of death". We bow our heads before you because Jesus breathed his last, gave up his spirit, and bowed his head. Fill us with your Spirit as we remember with reverence, awe, and adoration, the beauty of the sacrifice of Jesus. You are glorious and your lovingkindness endures forever. Amen.
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ,
His only begotten Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended to the dead,
The third day He rose again from the dead,
He ascended into heaven,
And is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
God's holy Church,
The communion of Saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.
1 Corinthians 11:23-24 | "I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 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.'"
(eat the bread)
1 Corinthians 11:25 | "In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.'"
(drink the cup)
Pray & Benediction
Lord Jesus we come before you exceedingly satisfied and thankful always in you. You alone can satisfy and none other is deserving of more adoration and thanksgiving than you. Thank you for your giving your body and covering us with your blood. May the words of your servant Paul come true in us when he said in Hebrews 13:20-21, "Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."