Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

Preparing for the Lord’s Supper

Preparatory Statement for the Lord’s Supper:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As we prepare to partake in the Lord’s Supper at our Morning Worship Service next Lord’s Day, June 1, 2024, let us reflect on the profound significance of this sacred ordinance. This sacrament was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ on the night He was betrayed, and it is meant to be observed in His Church until the end of the world. It serves for the perpetual remembrance of His sacrifice, the sealing of all its benefits to true believers, our spiritual nourishment and growth in Him, and our deeper engagement in the duties we owe to Him. It also acts as a bond and pledge of our communion with Him and with each other as members of His mystical body.

As we come to the table, we are reminded of the immense love and grace of our Savior, who gave His body to be broken and His blood to be shed for the remission of our sins. This Supper is not merely a memorial but a means of grace by which we are spiritually nourished and strengthened in our faith.

As we prepare to come to the Lord’s Table, it is important that we approach this sacred ordinance with the reverence and seriousness it demands. The Apostle Paul gives us a solemn warning in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29: “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.”

Therefore, let us examine ourselves before partaking in the Lord’s Supper. We are called to:

As we prepare our hearts, let us confess our sins, trusting in the forgiveness and cleansing provided by Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Let us come with a true hunger and thirst for righteousness, seeking to be united more deeply with our Lord and with one another. And let us come with joy, remembering that this sacrament is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet that awaits us, where we will dine with our Savior in glory.

Reflect on Our Relationship with Christ: Ensure that you have a personal faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. This sacrament is for those who trust in His finished work on the cross for the forgiveness of their sins.

Confess Our Sins: Come to the table with a contrite heart, confessing any known sins and seeking God’s forgiveness. Remember that Christ’s sacrifice was made to atone for our sins, and we should not take lightly the cost of our redemption.

Reconcile with Others: Make peace with your brothers and sisters in Christ. The table of the Lord is a symbol of our unity in Him. If there are any unresolved conflicts or bitterness, seek reconciliation before partaking in the sacrament.

Commit to Obedience: Approach the table with a heart willing to obey God’s commands. Reflect on your walk with Christ and renew your commitment to live according to His Word.

Discern the Body: Recognize the significance of the bread and the cup, which symbolize the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Approach with reverence, acknowledging the profound mystery and grace represented in this meal.

    Let us heed these warnings seriously, understanding the weight of what we are about to do. The Lord’s Supper is a precious gift, given to us for our spiritual nourishment and growth in grace. Let us approach it with the utmost respect, humility, and gratitude, seeking to honor Christ in our participation.

    Therefore, let us draw near with faith, receiving the bread and the cup, and rejoicing in the new covenant established by the blood of Christ. May this time be one of deep communion with our Lord, strengthening us in our walk with Him and in our fellowship with each other.

    Let us pray.

    Almighty God, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and for the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. As we come to Your table next Sunday, grant us the grace to partake worthily, with hearts full of faith, repentance, and love. Nourish us with the body and blood of Christ, and strengthen us to live as His faithful disciples. Unite us more closely to Him and to one another, and fill us with the hope of the glory to come. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.