We hope that you will set aside time this Friday evening to remember the death of our Savior with songs, readings, confession, the Word, and the Lord’s Supper.
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper under a state-mandated stay-at-home order is uniquely challenging. Particularly as we prepare to celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday this weekend, we are longing to partake in the Body and Blood of Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a special celebration instituted by Jesus where Christians remember, proclaim, and participate in the sacrifice of Jesus, as well as celebrate the unity of believers (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-26).
The elders of Living Hope have decided that we will lead you to partake of the elements in your home via our online video worship service on Good Friday (and perhaps on Sundays to come). As this article points out, while this is not ideal, we believe we can still fulfill the essence of the biblical expectations for celebrating the Lord’s Supper as a church. The Lord’s Supper is sometimes called “communion” because we partake together, we “commune” with God and with one another (Acts 2:46, 1 Corinthians 11:18-21). While not together physically, as the elders lead us to partake in the elements over video, we are unified together and “spiritually present” with one another in our homes (1 Corinthians 5:3, Colossians 2:5).
We recognize that other churches have different convictions and are waiting until the restrictions are lifted to celebrate communion. Some of you may have similar convictions and be uncomfortable partaking of the elements at home. We need to give one another grace and not pressure anyone to participate against their own conscience.
As you prepare the Lord’s Supper in your home, a few practical reminders:
- At Living Hope, the Lord’s Supper is open to anyone who has made a profession of faith in Christ, been baptized, and is active in their local church. The elders ask that parents use these guidelines in discerning if their children are ready to partake in the Lord’s Supper with us.
- Please gather the elements to celebrate the Lord’s Supper before beginning the worship service video. For the bread, you are free to use regular bread, crackers, or unleavened bread. For the cup, you are free to use wine, grape juice, or another liquid. Please use elements that meet your own personal convictions.
- As with any of these video worship services, please communicate expectations with your family before you gather and seek to minimize other distractions. Please follow along with the elder who is leading the Lord’s Supper and participate as he guides you.
We pray that Friday night is a meaningful time to remember, celebrate, and partake in our Savior’s great sacrifice! Then we look forward to celebrating the resurrection on Sunday!
Because of Jesus our Savior,
Tim, Matt, Keith, George
Living Hope Church Elders
1 Peter 2:24: “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”