And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mk. 14:24, 25)
It will surely be a glorious day when we are face to face with Jesus drinking of ‘the fruit of the vine’ with him. Until then He has told us to partake symbolically of it here.
On Jan 3rd, 2015 we hope everyone comes and partakes of this special communion experience to begin the first Sabbath of the year! We have planned for the process to be a bit different. Though the process will be different, the focus is always on the meaning behind Jesus’ saying, “do this in remembrance of me.”
Traditionally on communion Sabbath, there’s a short sermon before the people are sent to the foot washing service. Afterwards everyone who participated and those who perhaps didn’t but stayed around then would partake of the communion service. Usually the service takes longer than usual and several leave after the short sermon. THIS IS NOT HOW IT WILL BE DONE ON Jan. 3rd.
Please take a moment to read how communion will be conducted on Jan. 3rd.
1. Beginning when the church doors open @9:45a.m. until right before the worship service begins, you will have the opportunity to go directly to the foot washing service with someone that you’ve planned ahead with or if you’d like one of the deacons (for men) or deaconesses (for women) can wash your feet and vice versa.
2. Also as soon as you come in (through the main entrance) you will be given a ‘communion bag’ that will have the ‘communion emblems’ inside (the bread and the wine).
3. Please hold on to the ‘communion emblems’ until we all come together for the worship service.
4. The worship service will proceed as usual. We will not break for the foot washing since people have had the opportunity to do it BEFORE the worship service.
5. We will partake of communion at the end of the sermon/teaching that takes place during the worship service.
6. We ask that you use your ‘communion bag’ to put away anything left over such as perhaps the wine (grape juice).
7. We are hoping that this method of conducting communion will be more of a personal and uplifting experience. Granted this is subjective. Along these lines we also want our worship service to be an environment that you can always attend and invite your family and friends even if they, for whatever reason, don’t want to partake of communion.
We look forward to experiencing communion to begin 2015 this Sabbath Jan. 3rd with all of you.