“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 resurrec-tion. 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
The April Communion Offering is to support Habitat for Humanity
Habitat works in partnership with low income families, volunteers and sponsors to build, renovate, or repair affordable homes for qualifying families. They have built or repaired more than1,000 homes throughout Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County. In just the last two years, Habitat has been able to serve more than 350 families through the Neighborhood Revitalization Project, Emergency Home Repair Program, and building over 50 new homes. The qualifying families pay for their homes through sweat-equity hours and no-interest loans. Habitat provides dignity and hope for parents and children to live in safe, healthy homes. We work with the Central Arizona Mighty United Methodist Coalition to provide financial assistance and volunteer help to build the homes.
You can visit the Habitat Restore at 9133 Grand Avenue where you can find new and gently used building materials, household items and fixtures at 20% - 70% off retail price. They also take donations of used good condition lighting, fixtures, cabinets, used furniture, and building materials
“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)
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