Communion 20th March 2020
The communion has been practiced in the Christian community since Jesus instigated the ceremony from the last supper. This Saturday morning we will be performing this ancient tradtion. Some of you may not be familiar with how this works so this write up is to help you navigate through what to expect. First and foremost, we do this because Jesus told us to do it in rememberance of Him. You will find his instruction in John chapter 13 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. I'd also encourage you to read chapters 71 and 72 of Desire of Ages. You can find chapter 71 by clicking here and you should be able to link to chapter 72 from there.
The morning service will begin as you would usually expect.
- The sermon will be no longer than 10min as the service depends solely on our actions than the word being preached.
- After the sermon, the men and women will seperate into two groups to perform the footwashing.
- Everyone will rejoin to take part in the eating of unleavened bread and the drinking of wine. (grape juice)
Communion is meant to be a solemn but a joyous occassion. As it reminds of Christ's sacrifice, resurrection, and soon return. In turn, it makes us remember our commitment to Christ, the mission and to each other.
You may be asking:
Q. Can I participate although I am not baptised in the SDA church?
A. You should only participate if you understand what you're participating in. Seventh-day Adventists practice open communion which means that we welcome anyone who has committed themselves to Christ whether they are Seventh-day Advenist or from anoher Christian denomination. If this is your first time, perhaps you could observe the footwashing and the taking of bread and wine to get a grasp of whats going in.
Q. Can children taken part in the communion?
A. We encourage parents or guardians to teach and demonstrate to their children what communion means. We leave it to the discretion of the parents as to whether their children will partake of the communion. Please understand that it is important that children have a grasp of what is taking place. If this is their first communion, they should observe the communion ceremony to ascertain what it all means. Ways to assist in teaching our children is telling the story at home, and leading a communion service in our homes so they get a first hand experience.
Q. Do I have to do have to wash my feet..it's embarassing?
A. To have the full experience of understading humility (root word for humiliation) I would encourage that you participated in the footwashing. More information to follow during the sermon.
Q. Are churches allowed to perform the Communion in light of the Covid-19 restrictions?
A. Yes. However it will be conducted differently to what people are use to. (For those who have done Communion pre Covid-19). When performing the footwashing, participants must wear gloves if touching somebody who is not family OR you can just pour the water over the feet and avoid any touching of skin. Also, the facilitators of the bread and wine must wear gloves when distributing them. Other than these aforementioned changes, all other restrictions will be ahdered to as normal.
If you have any other questions. Please do not hestitate to send through a text to my number 0432 454 548. Also, ensure to read the significant references mentioned above. This is an event we can look forward to. It is a time where we recommit ourselves to Christ and to each other. Spend time in prayer as we prepare for self-examination as we look to Jesus Christ.
"Grace will hurt your feelings and humble your heart and then infuse you with joy like you've never had before." - Paul Tripp
p.s: Please note the start times for the service (website is pending update for service times). The morning service begins at 10am and the Sabbath School Program begins at 11.15am.
I'm looking forward to doing this ceremony together with you.
- Pastor David Leo