Lord's Supper: A Suggested Order of Services
Pastor David Green
(NOTE: This is a combination of some good Biblical ideas I have received from Elder James Hobbs, pastor of King's Additon Baptist Church in South Shore KY and Elder John Lenegar, pastor of Walnut Creek Baptist Church in Centerburg OH. It is my hope this may be useful to others.)
We now invite the members of this assembly to observe the Lord's Supper. We observe closed communion for it is not our table, but His. These are not our rules, but His. And we do this under His authority.
I Corinthians 11:27-30
We have come to observe the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, given to us to celebrate the memory of His broken body and shed blood. On the night He was betrayed, at the conclusion of the feast of the passover which He and His disciples were celebrating, He took the bread and having blessed it, brake it, and gave to His disciples and said, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”
I Corinthians 10:16-17
We have hear one loaf, picturing the unity of the Lord's church. It is also a picture that there is one and only one Saviour.
As it is broken, we are reminded that our Saviour's body was willingly broken for us on the Cross of Calvary. This bread is unleavened, picturing for us the fact that our Lord was sinless.
Pastor then breaks the bread and distributes to the congregation.
The bread is then eaten.
On the same night our Lord took the cup and having blessed it, gave to His disciples and said, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
We have here one pitcher of fermented grape wine. Like the bread it is also unleavened, picturing the sinless blood of our Lord. As it is poured into the individual cups, we are reminded that our Lord willingly shed His blood for us as individuals and for a specific number of people. His blood secured the remission of our sins.
Pastor then pours the wine into the empty cups for distribution to the church members.
I Corinthians 11:25
Pastor then leads the congregation in drinking the wine.
I Corinthians 11:26
After our Lord and His disciples ate the bread and drank the wine, observing the first Supprt, it is written that they “sung a hymn and went out.” (Matthew 26:30)
Let us now stand and sing four verses of Amazing Grace and conclude our service by leaving quietly and solemnly at the conclusion of the song.