Communion Instructions

We remember that on the night before He was handed over to death, Jesus gathered to share the Passover meal with His disciples. In so doing, Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

In this unprecedented time, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved the online celebration of Communion (Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic), and, according to the Book of Order, it is the responsibility of the Session to authorize the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Session of Church of the Covenant has so authorized the online celebration of the Sacrament on June 7, 2020, Trinity Sunday. In this time when we are separated by space, yet united in the Spirit, we remember that Christ is always at work, gathering us in unique ways.

Preparations

In preparation for the Sacrament, we invite you to look through your own kitchen to find “bread and beverage.” While there is rich symbolism in the elements we traditionally use to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the Church also has a long history of using the most fitting materials that are readily available in any given time and setting. So feel free to be creative and use what you have on hand.

Prior to our worship time, please prepare your worship space. Have  the bulletin (available on the website or via email) which will enable you to participate more fully in the service, and the elements you will use for Communion. Have your “bread” ready on a plate and your “beverage” poured. Any vessels will do, but you might consider using special dishes to help you remember that this is a holy meal, set apart from our regular meals.

During worship, you will be guided through the celebration and reception of the Lord’s Supper. When the time comes in the service, after scripture is read, the Word is proclaimed, the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving is lifted up, and the communion Words of Institution are said, you will be invited to eat some bread and drink from your cup. These worship pieces all together, as provided by the church, by the work of the Holy Spirit, are a gift of grace for us during this time of crisis.

Whether or not you are a member of Church, of the Covenant, we invite you to prepare your hearts to receive this Sacrament as a means of grace. For Christ is our host, and He invites all who seek Him to partake of this holy meal. If for any reason, you do not wish to partake of communion in this way, that is okay also. God’s grace is showered on us in other ways, too

Some possibilities for bread:

  • any kind of bread
  • crackers
  • cookies
  • chips
  • tortilla
  • pita

Some possibilities for beverage:

  • grape juice
  • any other type of juice
  • wine
  • water
  • flavored drink like Gatorade of Crystal Light