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The Lord’s Supper

If you have surrendered your life to Jesus, you are invited to take The Lord’s Supper – or Communion.

Jesus never asked His disciples to remember His birth, but He did instruct them to remember His death and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper was designed for this very purpose. Like baptism, it is an object lesson that helps us focus our attention on the grandeur of our salvation and center our faith in the Lord of our salvation. Because it is a family meal, the Lord’s Supper also reflects our connection to our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.

At least once a month, we observe the Lord’s Supper during the weekend services. Watch this video from Pastor Vicky to learn what to expect.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Lord’s Supper

What is the Lord’s Supper or Communion?

  1. It is a simple meal, not an elaborate ceremony. 1 Corinthians 11:23 (NLT)
  2. It is a reminder of what Christ did. 1 Corinthians 11:24 (NLT)
  3. It is a symbolic meal. 1 Corinthians 11:25 (NLT)
  4. It is a statement of faith. 1 Corinthians 11:26 (NLT)

Who should take the Lord’s Supper?

Only those who have surrendered their lives to Christ and are prepared to participate. 1 Corinthians 11:29 (NLT) Once a person has made Jesus the King of their lives, they are welcome to participate at the Lord’s table, no matter what age they are.

How do I prepare myself for the Lord’s Supper?

  1. By examining my life before God 1 Corinthians 11:27-31 (NLT)
  2. By confessing my sins to God 1 John 1:9 (NLT)
  3. By recommitting my life to God Romans 12:1 (NLT)
  4. By restoring my relationship with others Matthew 5:23,24 (NLT)

How often should we observe the Lord’s Supper?

Scripture does not tell us. Some churches do it weekly, others quarterly. Here at Walnut Hill, we have chosen to observe it at least monthly in our weekend services.

What about children?

We believe that parents and grandparents are the primary influencers and educators of their children’s faith. It is our desire to provide support and encouragement to you so that your child’s faith grows and matures over the years.  We also want our kids to be an active part of the church body by participating in our Sunday worship services once a month. It is our mission to be intentional about ways that we can help our kids connect and find their place in the larger church body and this includes being obedient to Jesus’ command to remember him through the Lord’s Supper.

If your child has not yet given their life to Jesus, this gives you the opportunity to explain why we remember Jesus in this way. It becomes a teachable moment, to share about the sacrifice Jesus has made for each one of us, and a practice for all those who have surrendered to Jesus.  Our usual practice will be to pass out the communion elements and encourage you as the parent/grandparent to determine whether your child is ready to take the elements. If they are not, simply take the elements for yourself and share with your child why you are receiving communion and what it means to you. You can read in full what we’ve communicated to our parents about the Lord’s Supper here.

What if I have a gluten allergy?

We serve wheat crackers and grape juice during the Lord’s Supper. If you have a true medical condition that prevents you from eating gluten, please indicate your needs when prompted by the ushers in the service and a gluten-free option will be provided. You may review the nutritional information of the crackers here.

Do you have more questions?

Would you like to learn more about the Lord’s Supper and its significance to Christians? Are you ready to explore baptism? We are here to help. Please contact Pastor Vicky at vkowarick@walnuthillcc.org or call the church office at 203-796-7373.