It is always a special time at Northstar when we take communion together. Communion is a time dedicated to reflect on and remember the significance of Christ’s life and death. This means examining our hearts, repenting of sin, and turning towards Christ.
In this blog, I would like to give you some things to consider as you prepare to take communion.
First, we should take a moment and look into the rearview mirror. To remember that we were dead in our sins and what Christ did on the cross for us. “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:26. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Secondly we need to look within. “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” – 1 Corinthians 11:28. God wants us to acknowledge our sins and seek His forgiveness. When we look within, the question we asked, is not “Have we been perfect, to deserve to partake in communion” (because no one is without sin and worthy of communion), but rather, what is the condition of our heart? Is Jesus the center of our life, faith and hope?
Thirdly, we should look ahead. Revelation 19:6-9 says: “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. This is reason to rejoice. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
And lastly, we need to look up. Psalms 121: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
During communion, it is a great time to pray for one another, pray for healing, restoration and peace. It is a time set aside, to commune with our loving God.