Communion – 6th September 2020

Gathering

Today we regather to join in the feast of salvation.

Today we respond to Christ’s invitation to come, eat and drink.

Today we receive grace symbolised in bread and wine.

Today we remember the journey to the cross:

Whilst darkness surrounded them and dark forces closed in, Jesus took time to eat and drink with his friends. The table had been laid, the food prepared, and all were invited to join in the meal. A time for traditional celebration becomes a foreshadowing of events to come as Jesus breaks bread and offers the cup for all to share.

“This is my body,” he says, after breaking the bread.

“This is my blood,” he says, before handing round the cup.

Eating and drinking, without understanding the significance of their actions, the disciples are more concerned with their places around the table than the plight of their friend. One man realises that he has to be elsewhere, whilst another denies his future denials. After the liturgy of Passover is complete, they leave for the darkest hours they will face.

Sharing

In the darkness and the shadows, Christ is with us.

In the worry and the fear, Christ is with us.

In the shame and the guilt, Christ is with us.

In the betrayal and the loneliness, Christ is with us.

In the suffering and the dying, Christ is with us.

In the bread and the wine, Christ is with us.

We eat, in remembrance that Christ died for all.

We drink, in remembrance that Christ died for all.

Amen.

Sending

In the light and the clarity, Christ is with us.

In the hope and the joy, Christ is with us.

In the grace and the love, Christ is with us.

In the friendship and the family, Christ is with us.

In the healing and the living, Christ is with us.

In the bread and the wine, Christ is with us.

We live, in remembrance that Christ died for all.

Amen.