"Do this in remembrance of me." Luke 22:19b, NRSV
Christians celebrate the Lord’s Supper (also called communion or the Eucharist) in memory of the last meal that Jesus shared with his friends before his death. Jesus broke bread and gave it to them all, then shared a cup of wine with them. He told them to remember him whenever they shared such a meal. And Jesus pointed to the nearness of his death when he said about the bread, “This is my body, broken for you,” and about the cup, “This is my blood, poured out for many.”
Jesus shared this meal with all twelve of his disciples, including Judas who was about to betray him. Following Christ’s own example of inclusivity, all are welcome at our communion table. At Second, like many other churches worldwide, we take communion by intinction, which simply means taking a piece of bread, dipping it into the cup, and eating them together.
Our current practice is to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in worship services on the first Sunday of every month, and on various special days throughout the church year. Communion is not a private practice, but a community feast that connects us to each other and to everyone who wants to follow Jesus Christ.