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Communion

We hold a communion service every Sunday in Bethesda. Usually this is from 12.00 - 1.00 pm but may occasionally take place in the evening. Please check the calendar on the website.

Have you ever wondered why Christians eat a small piece of bread and drink a sip of wine in some church services? You're not alone. For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice called communion, or the Lord's Supper. Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus' body and wine as a symbol for His blood.

Where Did Communion Come From?

Jesus started the tradition of communion. He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make when He died for our sins on the cross (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Jesus called Himself "the bread of life," which means that we're nourished by Him, we survive because of Him, and He satisfies us when everything else leaves us empty (John 6:48-51). There's a connection between our nearness to Jesus, believing in Him, and being fulfilled by Him (John 6:35).

The early Church celebrated Jesus by taking communion, sometimes every day (Acts 2:42-46). They saw that every time they gathered around a table to eat and drink, it was a chance to recognize Jesus and thank God for all He's done.

Why Christians Do Communion?

It's not about the bread and wine; it's about the body and blood of Jesus. It's not about the ritual or the method; it's about listening to Jesus and doing what He says. Communion is not an obligation, but a celebration. Communion celebrates the Gospel: Jesus was broken for us so that we can be fixed by Him.

Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how He gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God (1 Peter 3:18). It's not about a ritual to revere, but a person to worship. As often as we remember Jesus, we should celebrate Jesus.

Taking communion doesn't make you a Christian. It doesn't save your soul or get you to heaven. God actually warns us about taking communion without considering what it means and why we're doing it. The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why He did it (1 Corinthians 11:27-31). Every time we gather around bread and wine, in church, we remember Jesus is the one who provides all we need.