Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Lord's Supper

Exodus 12:1-42
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
April 1, 2010
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely not I?” “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. - Mark 14:12-26

The Lord’s Supper is important because it was the last meal the disciples had with Jesus before He was crucified. Jesus had this mean to let the disciples know that they should continue this holy sacrament after His crucifixion. Communion is a sacrament during which the bread and wine are blessed and partaken of by worshipers as the body and blood are present there. Our church celebrates the Lord’s Supper by having communion every first, third, and fifth Sunday of every month and on feast day celebrations. We participate in communion because God says it cleanses us and takes away our sins. Than you God, for giving us this holy sacrament!

Meghan Manley

O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a remembrance of your passion. Grant that we may so receive the sacred mystery of Your body and blood that the fruits of Your redemption may continually be manifest in us; for You live and reign with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collect for Maundy Thursday Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis
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