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Holy Communion at Home

posted Apr 23, 2020, 1:46 PM by Faith Lutheran Church

                 Holy Communion

April 22, 2020

Dear friends in Christ at Grace and Faith Lutheran Churches,

 During this time when we have not been gathering physically for worship, we have not had Holy Communion together.  While we continue to be connected to each other as Christ’s Body in the Word and prayer, I know that many of you desire to return to sharing in the Lord’s Table.

 This coming Sunday, April 26, our Sunday worship that is livestreamed online at 10:30 a.m. and rebroadcast on the local cable television network will include the opportunity for you to share in the Lord’s Table at home.  As your pastor, I will lead you through the words that speak Christ’s promise and direct you when to distribute the bread and wine.

 To prepare for communion at home, please do the following:

·        A leader.  Designate someone in your household to speak Christ’s word of promise and to serve the bread and wine.

·        Bread.  You can prepare your own bread or you can use purchased bread.  Any type of bread is acceptable—for example, a larger loaf, a smaller pita loaf, a biscuit, or even an ordinary cracker.

·        Wine.  Jesus used wine and I encourage you to do so as well.  However, you may also use a non-alcoholic alternative that is made from “the fruit of the vine,” such as grape juice. 

I encourage you to place the bread and wine on a table that is cleared of any clutter and to use ordinary dishes rather than disposable plates or cups.  A lighted candle on the table can remind you that Jesus Christ, the light of the world, is present for you in the Lord’s Table.

After the sermon and prayers, I will lead you in the words we use from the Scriptures to proclaim the promise of Christ’s death and resurrection in this holy meal—the Words of Institution.  I will prompt you phrase by phrase and allow time for you to repeat each phrase after me (see the reprinted Words of Institution included with this mailing).  After speaking these Words of Institution, we will pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Then the leader you designate can serve the bread and wine using these words:  “The body of Christ, given for you” and “The blood of Christ, shed for you.” 

Please do not worry about making mistakes.  In the almost 50 years I have been leading and assisting at the Lord’s Table, I’ve made them all.  After all, Jesus gave us this sacrament for our forgiveness, not to keep track of mistakes or wrongs.  

If you have questions or concerns, please feel welcome to contact me by email (marcus.kunz@gmail.com) or phone (847-431-4654).  I look forward to sharing the Lord’s Table with you once again on Sunday. 

Yours in Christ, 

Pastor Marcus Kunz 

For Home Communion

Prayer of Blessing 

Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth.

In mercy for our fallen world you gave your only Son,

that all those who believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

We give thanks to you for the salvation you have prepared for us through Jesus Christ.

Send now your Holy Spirit into our hearts,

that we may receive our Lord with a living faith

as he comes to us in his holy supper. 

Words of Institution 

On the night when he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread,

he gave thanks and broke it,

and he gave it to his disciples,

saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

 Again, after supper, he took the cup,

He gave thanks, and he gave it for all to drink,

saying: This cup is the new testament in my blood.

It is shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Lord’s Prayer

Distribution

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, given for you.

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