Communion at Home
The church is anywhere people gather in Jesus’ name. Even though we may not physically gather in a church building, we continue to gather as the church. When you gather in Jesus’ name, your home is church, too.
Holy Communion is a special meal we celebrate when we worship. The bread and wine are mysteriously the real
presence of Jesus Christ. Because mysteries are, well, mysterious, we trust that Jesus is really present with us in this meal.
As Lutherans, we talk about a concept called the "priesthood of all believers." Remembering that Martin Luther provided the Small Catechism with the understanding that the home is the first church, we believe that it would be appropriate, during this time, for people to celebrate holy communion together in their homes.
We believe the meal is celebrated after God’s Word is heard, so you might read a passage of scripture together and discuss how God is speaking to you in the biblical story, or listen to a recorded sermon (via the internet or radio), before leading this liturgy. If you'd like to celebrate with Pastor Josh, please email him to arrange a time.
Setting the Table
Prepare a space for the meal of Holy Communion. Just as we do at church, consider setting out your best dishes
because this is the most special meal we share. Churches often use unleavened bread to recall the Israelites hurried exodus from Egypt, however any bread will do. You may set out a small cup of wine or grape juice. Light a candle or two, and you have an altar.
Holy Communion Liturgy
Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.
People: And also with you.
We remember that we gather today with all the saints from every time and place and encounter the love shown us to us Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in the bread and wine of Holy Communion.
Let us confess our sins, all that we have done to hurt each other and ourselves, in the presence of God and of one another. (Pause for a moment of reflection.)
Most merciful God, We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. By what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your son Jesus Christ, forgive us, renew us, and lead us. So we may delight in your will and walk in your way of love.
God is rich in mercy and love. No matter how much you mess up every day, God’s love never runs out. Just as God’s love is for you, so is the meal set before us. You are forgiven and ready to feast at the table, in the name of the one who died to set you free from the power of your sin, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Words of Institution
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he gathered with some of his closest friends in an upper room and he shared a meal with them.
During the meal he took some bread, so I invite you to take whatever you have for bread today, to hold it up, to break it, and remember Jesus’ words as we say them together:
“...take and eat, this is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
After the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine and shared it with them. I invite you to take your cups, filled with whatever they are filled with, lift them up, and remember Jesus’ words, as we say them together...
“...this cup is the new covenant in my blood shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Let us pray together as Jesus taught us...
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is
in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and
forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who
trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and
the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Distribution of Communion:
Take the bread and say: The body of Christ, given for you.
Take the cup and say: The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.
Blessing After Communion:
May the meal we have shared around this common table sustain us as we love all, fight for justice, journey together, and dream fearlessly. Amen.
Explanation & Liturgy adapted from: Rev. Lisa Lewton, St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson, ND