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Communion How to Receive Communion Worthily Recognizing Jesus Real Presence in the Lords Supper Memorization Verses:Fasting and bodily preparation are forgiveness of sins." But anyone who certainly fine outward training. But that does not believe these words or doubts person is truly worthy and well them is unworthy and unprepared, for prepared who has faith in these words: the words "for you" require all hearts to "Given and shed for you for the believe
LSB 637 soul. http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/d/ 3 Come forward then with faithful e/a/deatjcol.htm hearts sincere, 1 Draw near and take the body of And take the pledges of salvation the Lord, here. And drink the holy blood for you O Lord, our hearts with grateful outpoured; thanks endow Offered was He for greatest and for As in this feast of love You bless us least, now. Himself the victim and Himself the priest. 2 He who His saints in this world rules and shields, To all believers life eternal yields; With heavnly bread He makes the hungry whole, Gives living waters to the thirsting
Game -Preparing for communion: A look back- Up- Forward- Inward- Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
Pray Psalm 139: PRAYER 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.• Faith 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.• Believe 3 You discern my going out and my lying down;• Change you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue• Examine you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before,• Confirm and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.P raise 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.R epentance 24 See if there is any offensive way in me,A ppreciation and lead me in the way everlasting.Y ouE veryoneR esolve
LSB 624 3 O Bread of heavn, my souls delight, 1 Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving Bread, For full and free remission May I in grace possess You. I come with prayer before Your sight, Let me with holy food be fed, In sorrow and contrition. In hunger I address You. Your rightousness, Lord, cover me Prepare me well for You, O Lord, That I receive You worthily, And, humbly by my prayer implored, Assured of Your full pardon. Give me Your grace and mercy. 4 I do not merit favor, Lord, 2 To pastures green, Lord, safely guide, My weight of sin would break me; To restful waters lead me; In all my guilty hearts discord, Your table well for me provide, O Lord, do not forsake me. Your wounded hand now feed me. In my distress this comforts me Though weary, sinful, sick, and weak, That You receive me graciously, Refuge in You alone I seek, O Christ, my Lord of mercy! To share Your cup of healing.
As for himself, though weary and under a shadow of fear, Sam still had some strength left. The lembas had a virtue without which they would long ago have lain down to die. It did not satisfy desire, and at times Sam’s mind was filled with the memories of food, and the longing for simple bread and meats. And yet this waybread of the Elves had a potency that increased as travelers relied on it alone and did not mingle it with other foods. It fed the will, and it gave strength to endure, and to master sinew and limb beyond the measure of mortal kind.” (Return of the King, 262)
Our adventure of life requires continual reflection: What do I need to prepare? What am I doing for others? What binds me to my loved ones? The Eucharist provides an opportunity to honor Christ in our journey Unites people within this veil of tears Feeds body and soul uniquely Sustains and strengthens our life with the death of Christ. Helps us to be worthy of our sufferings
Who should partake of the Supper? Broken, miserable sinners who recognize their damnable place before God Sustained Christians who seek strength to perform righteousness and goodness Those readying for the eternal phase of their journey in death Those children declaring their baptism in life Who should not partake of the Supper? Those who care nothing and mock its importance Those who do not properly “discern” the body and blood Those who live in sin without repentence, seeking the enjoyment of evil without reprieve.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lords death until He comes. kataggeÑllw: To herald with actions and speech qanaton tou kuriou: Lord’s death intimately connected to the bread and cup, not a new death, but the continuing promise in its real presence and promise. Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. a)naciswv: Not worthy as a criminal Eánoxov: Continuing thought, makes us Guilty of the whole body (like James 2 states about sin and the whole law) But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. dokima/zw: To Judge rightly between laws and actions. To be intellectually aware of one’s surroundings. Used also in ch. 10 about judging the supper as the participation in Christ’s body/blood. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. diakrinwn to swma: To discern the body, referring to Christ’s body, not the church, nor ourselves. Preceding context of the word soma, is only used in connection to the body of Christ in context of the Last Supper. The Church is referred to with the word ekklesia. We discern the body of Christ as much as we discern our own nature. If we do not recognize one or the other, we are drinking judgement and discipline upon ourselves until we repent.
On our life journey, tests are important points to reflect on our identity and where we are going. Confirmation gives us an opportunity to declare our baptism publicly and to denounce Satan and all of his ways. Confirmation, whether formal or informal, is the discernment necessary to be admitted into the visible church sacrament Confirmation reminds us all of our need to consider our beliefs, and to not partake of the supper without recognizing the importance of the Real Presence of Christ as we participate with Him.
Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament....There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, that every mans heart desires
Now consider which is more excellent, thebread of angels [i.e., the manna} or theFlesh of Christ which is indeed the Bodyof life. That manna was from heaven; thisis from above the heavens. The former wasfrom heaven, the latter from the Lord ofthe heavens; the former was subject tocorruption if it was preserved for a secondday, the latter foreign to all corruption sothat whoever shall have piously tasted itwill not be able to experience corruption.For the people of Israel water flowed fromthe rock; for you Blood flows from Christ.The water satisfied them for a while; Bloodwashes you for eternity,
• Who receives this sacrament worthily? • Why is it important to receive the Sacrament worthily? • Is it necessary to fast before receiving the Sacrament? • When do we receive the Sacrament worthily? • When is a person unworthy and unprepared? • How are we to examine ourselves before receiving the Sacrament? • May those who are weak in faith come to the Lords Table? • Who must not be given the Sacrament? • What is confirmation? •______________________________ Say Mean Matter SS Faith Key phrases Own words Answer the M Believe questions/ T Change Personal W Examine application Th Confirm
Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words "for you" require all hearts to believe. •
It is very important because St. Paul clearly have preached to others, I myself will not be teaches: "Whoever eats the bread or drinks disqualified for the prize.. the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner We receive it worthily when we have faith in will be guilty of sinning against the body and Christ and His words, "Given and shed for blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine you for the forgiveness of sins." himself before He eats of the bread and drinks A person is unworthy and unprepared when he of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats or she does not believe or doubts Christs and drinks judgment on himself (1 Cor. 11:27- words, since the words "for you" require all 29). hearts to believe. Fasting can be good training for the will, but • God does not command particular times, Pray: Lord, even though it is true that I am places, and forms for this. not worthy that You should come under my 1 Tim. 4:8 Physical training is of some value, roof; yet I need and desire Your help and grace but godliness has value for all things. that I, too, may become pious. So I come, relying on nothing but the welcome words that Note: See also 1 Cor. 9:24-27: 24 Do you not I have just heard, with which You have invited know that in a race all the runners run, but only me to Your table and promise that I, an one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get unworthy sinner, shall enjoy the forgiveness of the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games all sins through Your body and blood when I goes into strict training. They do it to get a eat and drink it in this Sacrament. Amen. crown that will not last, but we do it to get a Dear Lord, Your Word is true. I do not doubt crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not this, and so I eat and drink with You. Be it run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight unto me according to Your Word. Amen. like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow (Luther) to my body and make it my slave so that after I
We are to examine ourselves to see corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, whether A. we are sorry for our sins; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, Ps. 38:18 1 confess my iniquity; I am and ... put on the new man which was troubled by my sin. created according to God, in 2 Cor. 7:10-11 Godly sorrow brings righteousness and true holiness (NKJV). repentance that leads to salvation and As a preparation for the Sacrament, leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow use "Christian Questions with Their brings death. See what this godly sorrow Answers." has produced in you. Yes, for Christ instituted the Sacrament B. we believe in our Savior Jesus Christ for the very purpose and in His words in the Sacrament; • Luke 22:19-20 This is My body given Pray: Lord, as a student I wouldn’t for you . . . This cup is the new covenant take a test without studying first. Shall in My blood, which is poured out for you. I not study Your Word and examine my 2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves to see faith before appearing at Your altar? whether you are in the faith; test Grant me a willing heart to know and yourselves. believe what Your Word teaches and C. we plan, with the help of the Holy what You promise in this Sacrament. Spirit, to change our sinful lives. Amen. Eph. 4:22-24 Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows
The Sacrament must not be given to the following: many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. A. Those who are openly ungodly and 1 Cor. 11:26 Whenever you eat this bread and drink unrepentant, including those who take part in non- this cup, you proclaim the Lords death until he comes. Christian religious worship. Rom. 16:17 Watch out for those who cause divisions 1 Cor. 5:11, 13 You must not associate with anyone and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a D. Those who are unable to examine swindler. With such a man do not even eat. . . . " Expel themselves, such as infants, people who have not thewicked man from among you." received proper instruction, or the unconscious. 1 Cor. 10:20-21 The sacrifices of pagans are offered to 1 Cor. 11:28 A man ought to examine himself before demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of Note: Pastors as stewards of the mysteries of God the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a (1 Cor. 4:1) have the greatest responsibility as to part in both the Lords table and the table of demons. who should be admitted to the Sacrament. Some of B. Those who are unforgiving, refusing to be the responsibility also rests with the congregation reconciled. They show thereby that they do not and the communicant. really believe that God forgives them either. • Matt. 6:15 If you do not forgive men their sins, your Pray: O Lord Jesus, You call not saints, but Father will not forgive your sins. sinners, to the Supper which Your grace has Bible narrative: The unmerciful servant (Matt. 18:21- provided, such sinners as rely upon Your gracious 35). Word. Grant me grace to always approach Your C. Those of a different confession of faith, since the Table as a poor sinner, hungering after grace and Lords Supper is a testimony of the unity of faith. trusting Your Word, which promises grace, and Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles more grace to receive the forgiveness offered me teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread their with a believing heart. Amen. (Zorn). and to prayer. 1 Cor. 10:17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are
Confirmation is a public rite of the church third day. He ascended to heaven to sit at preceded by a period of instruction designed Your right hand and rule all things. He sent to help baptized Christians identify with the His Spirit so we may await His coming to life and mission of the Christian community. judge both the living and the dead, and with Note: Prior to admission to the Lords the Spirit, we may come to the eternal Supper, it is necessary to be instructed in the kingdom. It is our heritage which You will Christian faith (1 Cor. 11:28). The rite of give us through Him. For this reason, O confirmation provides an opportunity for the Lord God, You have instituted and given to individual Christian, relying on Gods us Baptism and the Sacrament of the body promise given in Holy Baptism, to make a and blood of Christ Your Son. For us You personal public confession of the faith and a have united Christ with theses Sacraments. lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ. In them You reveal Yourself and command us Matt. 10:32-33 Whoever acknowledges Me to receive You. Cornered by Satan, we are before men, I will also acknowledge him before grievously tormented by sin and constantly My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me surrounded by death. Dear Son of God, before men, I will disown him before My Father Jesus Christ, You came to earth to destroy in heaven. the works of the devil. You have brought life Rev. 2:10 Be faithful, even to the point of and immortality to light. Give us again Your death, and I will give you the crown of life. work, which is righteous and gives life. Help • us to withstand the works of the devil, by Pray: O God, Creator of heaven and earth. which he would cast us from life into death. You have sent Your only Son Jesus Christ O Christ, who has overcome the devil, help into the world. For me he was crucified, me also to defeat him. Do not leave me. died, and was buried, and rose again on the Amen. (Luther).
LSB 628 5 O grant, most blessed Lord, 1 Your table I approach; That earth and hell combined Dear Savior, hear my prayer. May not about this sacrament Let not an unrepentant heart Raise doubt within my mind. Prove hurtful to me there. 6 Oh, may I never fail 2 Lord, I confess my sins To thank You day and night And mourn their wretched bands; For Your true body and true blood, A contrite heart is sure to find O God, my peace and light. Forgiveness at Your hands. 3 Your body and Your blood, Once slain and shed for me, Are taken at Your table, Lord, In blest reality. 4 Search not how this takes place, This wondrous mystery; God can accomplish vastly more Than what we think could be.
Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward Yes, for Christ instituted the Sacrament for the very purposetraining. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared of strengthening and increasing our faith.who has faith in these words: "Given and shed for you for The Sacrament must not be given to the following:the forgiveness of sins." But anyone who does not believe A. Those who are openly ungodly and unrepentant,these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for including those who take part in non-Christian religiousthe words "for you" require all hearts to believe. worship.It is very important because St. Paul clearly teaches: B. Those who are unforgiving, refusing to be reconciled."Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an They show thereby that they do not really believe that Godunworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body forgives them either.and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself C. Those of a different confession of faith, since the Lordsbefore He eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For Supper is a testimony of the unity of faith.anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of D. Those who are unable to examine themselves, such asthe Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself (1 Cor. 11:27- infants, people who have not received proper instruction, or29). the unconscious.Fasting can be good training for the will, but God does not Note: Pastors as stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Cor.command particular times, places, and forms for this. 4:1) have the greatest responsibility as to who should beWe receive it worthily when we have faith in Christ and His admitted to the Sacrament. Some of the responsibility alsowords, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." rests with the congregation and the communicant.A person is unworthy and unprepared when he or she does Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by anot believe or doubts Christs words, since the words "for period of instruction designed to help baptized Christiansyou" require all hearts to believe. identify with the life and mission of the Christian We are to examine ourselves to see whether community.A.we are sorry for our sins; Note: Prior to admission to the Lords Supper, it is necessaryB.we believe in our Savior Jesus Christ and in His words in to be instructed in the Christian faith (1 Cor. 11:28). The ritethe Sacrament; of confirmation provides an opportu for the individualC.we plan, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to change our Christian, relying on Gods promise given in Holy Baptism,sinful lives. to make a personal public confession of the faith and aAs a preparation for the Sacrament, use "Christian Questionslifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ.with Their Answers."
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