Communion, by Becky Hunter
Some walk toward His offering with confidence, others not-so-much; some step up to receive the elements with a prayer on their lips, others have no words; some have smiles, as they reach for the bread and wine, others have tears — but almost all who come to receive communion, come with hope. I can’t adequately describe the overwhelming sense of awe I experience every time I serve communion to fellow believers, but I can say this: there is nothing I am more honored to do.
Communion is a mystery, an experience beyond understanding, reminding us that Jesus came to earth as God in the Flesh to give us eternal life through the forgiveness of our sins. Henry Scougal, a 17th century Scottish minister, said: “God long contended with a stubborn world, and threw down many a blessing upon them; and when all His other gifts could not prevail, He at last made a gift of Himself.”
Receiving communion, accepting Jesus’ invitation to “remember” Him is an honor that Christians around the globe experience. But relatively few experience Jesus invitation to “remember” Him as they serve the communion elements. And that’s too bad, because any believer in Jesus Christ can serve communion to another believer — anytime, anywhere. But once a month during weekend worship services, together, the Northland family celebrates communion (aka the Eucharist or The Lord’s Supper). Those weekends, I join with dozens of other believers who prepare and serve the bread and wine. The blessing of preparing and serving communion is too wonderful not to share. If you are a believer who plans to be in attendance at a worship service at Northland’s Longwood site this weekend, would you join me to experience first hand the blessing of making it possible for thousands of believers to take communion? It’s an experience like none other, and it will touch your heart.
If you are willing to discover that truth for yourself, here’s the link for this weekend:
Or if you just would like to consider participating in the future and want to know more about the ministry efforts surrounding communion, email Lauren Travers at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s awesome and she would love to connect with you!
“I am the bread that gives life. If you come to My table and eat, you will never go hungry. Believe in Me, and you will never go thirsty.” – John 6:35 (The Voice)
My husband, Steve and I have had the privilege of serving communion for the last 22 years at Northland and it is never old or routine.It is such an emotional experience for me and I thank God each time for the privilege. Thank you for writing about this.