WHAT IS THE LORD’S SUPPER?
The Lord’s Supper, also referred to as Communion, is a church ordinance (something commanded by Christ) and is performed to assist us remember our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His self-sacrifice of dying on the cross for the sins of the world.
WHY TAKE THE LORD'S SUPPER?
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:26–30 (ESV)
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:23–25 (ESV)
REFLECTING ON CHRIST
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus during a Passover meal with Jesus and His Disciples. The Passover meal was a community meal marking God sparing the lives of the Israelites who were obedient and marked their doorposts with the blood of a Lamb.
As you take the Lord’s supper, it is important to reflect on Christ and his selfless sacrifice for your sins. If you have not recognized Jesus as the Lord of your life or are not able to understand the importance of this practice, then you should not take of the Lord’s Supper.
TAKING THE LORD’S SUPPER AT KOZA
At Koza, the Lord’s Supper is performed by serving bread (we use gluten free), and wine (we use grape juice) to Christ followers who have been baptized. The bread symbolizes Jesus’ bruised and broken body, and the grape juice symbolizes His shed blood. As a church body, we take the Lord’s supper regularly, approximately once a quarter. During a Lord’s supper worship service, the pastor will normally request a moment of reflection with the backdrop of worship music. As the service progresses, you will be invited to retrieve the bread and juice from one of several stations located around the worship center. At this time, move to the station closest to you or one with a shorter line. At the station, you will find juice in a small disposable cup and the bread will be in a tray. Once you have your bread and juice, proceed either to the alter to pray or to your seat. Now is the time to pray and reflect for a minute or two. As the music is concluding, you may notice the congregation standing to worship. You may dispose of your plastic cup after service in a trash receptacle or leave them in the cup holder on the tray in the seatback in front of you.
WHO CAN TAKE THE LORD’S SUPPER AT KOZA?
We welcome all who have repented of their sins, trusted in the atonement secured through the cross and resurrection, confessed Jesus as Lord, and submitted to scriptural baptism. Children are welcome to receive the Lord’s supper provided they meet the above criteria. Our children’s ministry team would love to have a conversation with you or your child to discuss the Lord’s supper.