Scriptures for communion service

Over the past few months I’ve been studying and thinking about the role and place of the Lord’s Supper in church life. I thought I would post some prayers, scriptures and service elements, all borrowed from Gathering for Worship: Patterns and Prayers for the Community of Disciples

Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking;
if you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. (Revelation 3.20)

God proves his love for us
in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5.8)

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11.28–30)

For I received from the Lord
what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed
took a loaf of bread,
and when he had given thanks,
he broke it and said,
‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’
In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying,
‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23–26)

‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘therefore I will hope in him.’
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands
to God in heaven. (Lamentations 3:24–25, 40–41)

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Why post a list of communion scriptures?

Communion, as we call it at my church, is known by many names. Some call it Holy Communion, others call it the Eucharist, and still others call it the Lord’s Supper. Regardless of the name we call it, the commemoration of the sacrificial death of Jesus is the most widely observed tradition and sacrament of the Christian church.

There is no place in scripture where it specifies that the preparation or serving of the Lord’s Supper has to be done by a priest or clergyman. It is because it is becoming more common for lay people to serve communion, which I think is a healthy thing, that I have chosen to do this post on some of the most common communion scriptures and some alternative scriptures you can use instead.

Hopefully this will help you decide which scriptures to read in your communion service.

The Four Most Common Communion Scriptures People UseThe Lord’s supper in the gospels

These scriptures from the gospels are all depicting the same event. They vary slightly in wording but convey the same meaning. You can use whichever one you choose. I have used them all.

Matthew 26:26-30

New Living Translation (NLT)26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.”27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”30 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

Mark 14:22-26

New Living Translation (NLT)22 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.”23 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many. 25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

Luke 22:14-20

New Living Translation (NLT)14 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. 15 Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”17 Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

The Bible Verses Paul Gave For Celebrating Communion1 Corinthians 11:23-30

New Living Translation (NLT)23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died

In this passage not only does Paul give us a scripture to use during communion, but he gives us instruction and more insight as to what communion really means.

There were people in the Corinthian church who were using the remembrance of the Lord’s death as an excuse to get a meal. So when Paul talks about people participating in the communion service unworthily, he is talking about participating for wrong motives.

This is a remembrance of a self-sacrificing act and in doing so for selfish motives is just wrong.

He was also upset at the church for fighting among themselves about petty things. So he was also bringing correction to them about this, and it more than likely why he said that if you eat or drink the bread or wine without honoring the “body of Christ” you are drinking God’s judgment upon yourself.

How can you drink an symbol of forgiveness and dying to self when you yourself are unforgiving and being self-centered?

So many times I have used the communion service to get people to lay down their anger and unforgiveness towards one another and get back into right relationship as the body of Christ should be.

Alternative Communion VersesFrom The Old Testament​Isaiah 53:3-6

New Living Translation (NLT)3 He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.He was despised, and we did not care.4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;it was our sorrows that weighed him down.And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,a punishment for his own sins!5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,crushed for our sins.He was beaten so we could be whole.He was whipped so we could be healed.6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.We have left God’s paths to follow our own.Yet the Lord laid on himthe sins of us all.

From The New Testament1 Corinthians 10:16-18

New Living Translation (NLT)16 When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? 17 And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body. 18 Think about the people of Israel. Weren’t they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?

1 Peter 2:22-25

New Living Translation (NLT)22 He never sinned,nor ever deceived anyone.23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted,nor threaten revenge when he suffered.He left his case in the hands of God,who always judges fairly.24 He personally carried our sinsin his body on the crossso that we can be dead to sinand live for what is right.By his woundsyou are healed.25 Once you were like sheepwho wandered away.But now you have turned to your Shepherd,the Guardian of your souls.

Final Thoughts About The Lord’s Supper

As you can see there are many ways you can use the scriptures in communion. There is no “right” way of doing it, as long as you are remembering the Lord’s sacrificial death on the cross, doing it for right motives, and honoring His body, your local church members properly.

Many people also use a complimentary devotion to go along with the readings of the scriptures. Here are a couple of suggestions for you to use if that is part of how you celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

  • Communion Meditations Kindle Edition
  • Experiencing Christ In Communion Paperback Edition

I hope you have enjoyed these communion scriptures and that they have been a help to you as you prepare to serve the Lord’s Supper in your local church.

What are some of the Bible verses you use when celebrating the Lord’s supper? Please share them with us below so others can use them in their communion services as well.

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Note To Host of Communion Ceremony: Read and share. . . pausing as the Spirit leads, so that participants can focus on each step and absorb the benefits of the overall experience. Several songs from Ann Wolf Music are suggested at various points of the Ceremony, that can be played as you go, or you are welcome to use music that inspires you from other sources.

MOTL – Suggested Communion Service Script

“This do in remembrance of me.”- 1 Corinthians 11:24 (KJV)

Host Reads:

“Welcome to the Lord’s Table and to our Communion Ceremony!”

Before we begin, let’s take a moment to consider the purpose of our Ceremony.

Communion offers us a special opportunity to “Remember” the sacrifices of Jesus at the time of his passion and death as well as to reflect on the many examples of Love and Mercy which he gave us throughout his life and ministry on earth.

Why do we do this? We “Remember” so we might follow in the Footsteps of the Master, a path which will require much commitment and the development of character of soul; a path for which we will need to refresh our hearts and minds on a regular basis in order to continue in our daily resolve to become those who are known by their Fruit.

In Galatians 5:22-23 , Fruit of the Spirit is described with these verses:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (KJV)

Communion involves “Belief” in that we think about and appreciate what occurred in the life of Jesus some 2000 years ago. Yet, we are also celebrating what is possible for our souls to achieve by the Grace of God in becoming spiritual in nature.

Host continues to Read:

Throughout that process of soul-development, it is likely that all of us struggle from time to time in being able to consistently forgive; and we may find it hard to demonstrate Fruit of the Spirit or hold to Mercy in the face of difficult or painful events.

But via the New Nature (by the Spirit) we can learn to forgive; and we can become vessels for Spiritual Fruit, which is why we need the Spirit and why examples which Jesus left us are so important to “Remember” and to draw from frequently and as often as needed.

So in moving closer to the goal of becoming “Christ-like,”… we remind ourselves during Communion, that we have been given the Gift of the Holy Ghost (which is Grace,) bringing the Resurrection Power, to lift us, to enable us, and to carry us where we cannot go without that help.

We also ask the Spirit or the New Man at Communion time, not only to “discern” our hearts and motives, but to show us where we might need to come up higher in our Love Walk.

After we are clear and responsive to what “chastening” or encouragement that there is to receive from the “Greater He” within us, we move on to partake of the Bread, representing mercy and representing all of us in the Body who are to be the Bread of Mercy.

Then, we take the Fruit of the Vine, representing the Spirit within us by which we can transform; all of this is done in celebration of our New and wonderful Covenant.

Here are some words from Scripture which can help us appreciate the benefits of receiving correction from the Holy Spirit.

In 1 Corinthians 11:32 we find, “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” (KJV)

In this Scripture we see that whenever we submit to being examined or “judged” by the Spirit, by the Christ in us or “of the Lord” as the verse states, we are then open and able to be corrected and redirected, especially if we have become side-tracked or distracted from a focus on the Spirit.

As our soul identifies more and more with the Spirit of Christ…or… as “the two become one,” that is… the soul and the Spirit, we find ourselves living more and more by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

In Proverbs 3:11-13 we read, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction; For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding.”

Host Reads: Let Us Prepare For Communion

We begin our Ceremony with the “Our Father” as we contemplate the wonderful meaning of the words.

Our Father which art in heaven

 Hallowed be thy name

 Thy kingdom come

 Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

 Give us this day our daily bread

 And forgive us our debts,

 As we forgive our debtors

 And lead us not into temptation,

 But deliver us from evil:

 For thine is the kingdom, and the power

 And the Glory for ever… Amen”

Host continues reading: Immediately after Jesus teaches this prayer we see that He adds in Matthew 6:14 & 15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” With this, we see how important that Mercy and Forgiveness is to Jesus.

Now, let us pray and sit silently for a few moments and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and during our meditation if a name or face comes to mind of someone who is difficult to deal with or hard to forgive, lets pray together and ask God to help us “move that mountain” from our hearts.

Pause for meditation…

Let’s look at the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:44 through 48: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Let’s read now from Scripture about our Lord’s Supper:  “And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come.” And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22: 14-20  (KJV)

Sharing of the Bread &  Wine (or Juice)

Host Reads:  Finally, let us share the Bread and the fruit of the vine (Wine or Juice) as we continue “In remembrance” of our Lord; affirming that we are to Be the Bread of Mercy everywhere we go, as we represent Him.

And as we drink the wine, we “Remember” our New Covenant of which Grace brings us the power to change, so that we can become the people of God which He has in mind and that we can fulfill the calling and purpose of our souls in this life.

Let us pray,

“Lord, help us to walk in mercy as we hold close to your Grace, help us to greet everyone we meet with your love; and help us become vessels of honor, bringing your Peace to others, now and always.  Amen.”

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The act of taking communion does not save us, it is an act of worship and remembrance. Many churches and denominations have different views of communion, and hopefully these Bible verses about communion will help you decide for yourself how to best observe and remember Christ’s sacrifice.

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Communion, as we call it at my church, is known by many names. Some call it Holy Communion, others call it the Eucharist, and still others call it the Lord’s Supper. Regardless of the name we call it, the commemoration of the sacrificial death of Jesus is the most widely observed tradition and sacrament of the Christian church.

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Thank you Betty for your comment. You are right that Holy Communion is to be done on the Lord’s day and done every Sunday. This is not in the Bible and I would ask that family member where they get the authority to have Holy Communion every day. Many churches do it only once a month or quarterly (ever 4 months which is what we do). Great …

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The Scriptures say to do this “until he comes again” (1 Corinthians 11:26). The first time Jesus came to this earth, He came as the Suffering Servant. The next time, He will come as the Conquering King. Communion is an observance to remind us that Jesus will come again. Third, Communion is a time to look within.

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