“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ ” - Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV)
Communion is a practice meant to be observed over and over throughout the life of a Christian. It is a holy time of worship when we corporately come together as one body to remember and celebrate what Christ did for us. We observe Communion because the Lord has told us to. We are to obey His commands.
In observing Communion, we are remembering Christ and all that He has done for us in his life, death and resurrection. When observing Communion, we take time to examine ourselves:
“A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” - 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)
In observing Communion, we are proclaiming His death until He comes. It is then a statement of faith:
“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26 (NIV)
When we observe Communion, we show our participation in the body of Christ. His life becomes our life and we become members of each other
SEPTEMBER'S COMMUNION OFFERING TO
SUPPORT JUSTA CENTER
Justa Center is a day resource center for those individuals only over the age of 55
who have nowhere to live. Approximately 55% of the people seeking help are
veterans. They staff resource specialists who help client members to re-establish
their documents and IDs and a special veterans advocate. The Center provides seniors with necessary services from safe housing, nutrition assistance, basic physical healthcare, substance abuse care, aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development, job assessment and placement assistance. On any given day, more than 120 homeless seniors have visited Justa and more than 1,200 have been moved into independent housing. Justa Center also employs social workers and counselors--for an Extended Care program to assist our friends after they move into housing. Justa Center provides them a safe place to stay during the day as many of them are physically assaulted. The homeless seniors can take showers, have laundry done for them and they also have a clothing closet. The staff does from 15 to 50 loads of laundry a day. There is an RN on site 6 days a week.
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” - 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NIV)
9849 N. 105th Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351