“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
Part of the point of World Communion Sunday is to recognize the many and various ways Christians around the globe celebrate the same ritual. On this Sunday (October 6th), your giving helps to provide scholarships for gifted and qualified people in the U.S. racial and ethnic students and international students on both undergraduate and graduate levels. Statistics show that the majority of clergy and laity is white. As U.S. demographics continue to change, the church must prepare leaders to serve an increasingly diverse population.
Fifty percent of the offering provides Crusade Scholarships for international and U.S. racial and ethnic graduate students. Thirty-five percent of receipts support Ethnic Scholarships for undergraduates. Fifteen percent funds Ethnic Minority In-Service Training Program Scholarships for racial and ethnic persons seeking second careers in church-related vocations. These scholarships are exactly what the church needs to fulfill its global mission.
“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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