“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 May 3rd Communion offering will go to benefit Benevilla. They are a non-profit started by the community in 1981 to enrich lives of West Valley by serving older adults, adults with disabilities, children and families who care for them. Benevilla has the only Life Enrichment Day Program ( 5 locations ) for late stage memory and Alzheimer's care in the entire state and the only one accredited by CARF(National Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). This day program provides opportunities to participate in physical, social and cognitive activities. They offer a variety of free Caregiver Support Groups. Wirtzie's Preschool and Childcare, located on the Benevilla Surprise Campus helps intergenerational opportunities to children and the members of the day programs. Last year Benevilla provided 4,800 free home services, such as grocery shopping, assisted rides to medical appointments, light handyman services, business assistance and more to homebound seniors in our community.
“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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