The place of communion in the life of the church

"For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.’ 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." - 1 Corinthians 11 v 23-26

Over many centuries, Christians have been getting to grips with these verses. More specifically, getting to grips with what these verses are instructing Christians to do. Attempts to be obedient to these instructions have led to enormous variations in practice; many Christians follow these instructions very differently.

At City Church, our tradition has been to include communion in our Sunday services once a month, and we encourage Connect Groups to frequently take communion in homes across the city.

"42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." - Acts 2 v 42

When Paul visited the believers in Troas, Luke, the writer of Acts, indicates that it was their weekly practice to break bread together. We might also note that the believers in Jerusalem also took the breaking of bread very seriously. It was a regular exercise that they were ‘devoted’ to doing together.

Communion is intended to put Jesus at the centre of church life. It reminds us all of what he has done and how we are called to respond.