1 Corinthians 11:23 – 25
My thoughts this week centre on our service entitled “Breaking of Bread”
I’m sure like my family, many of you have worshipped in other denominations services such as Baptist, as well as our Brethren assembly. It made me think of the different ways different denominations celebrate Communion or Breaking of Bread. Some rarely, some very formally, with many variations. How do they arrive at the format that is used? For the Brethren we make every effort to follow the scripture as close as possible.
I would like to share a story that some of you may have seen but I feel it’s very relevant. When the American lunar module landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 the astronauts rested before stepping onto the moon’s surface. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin had received permission to bring bread and wine so he could take communion. As Aldrin enjoyed this celestial communion, his actions proclaimed his belief in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the guarantee of His second coming.
As we celebrate the Breaking of Bread there are things that occur to make this service very meaningful. As we sit and consider the purpose of the service let us participate in the following ways. First we are quiet before the Lord and consider what the purpose of the sacrifice was. Quiet reverence is important for us to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us as individuals about the Gift of Salvation provided through our Saviour’s Death and Resurrection. The Holy Spirit, during that quiet time, will very often bring passages of scripture to mind that we can share with fellow worshippers. It will also likely remind us of hymns that speak of the Lord’s sacrifice that can be read or sung by everyone. The Apostle Paul encourages us to remember how Jesus sat with His disciples “on the night He was betrayed” (1 Corinthians 11:23) Christ compared His soon-to-be sacrificed body to the bread (v24), He declared wine as a symbol of “the new covenant” that secured our forgiveness and salvation through His blood shed on the cross (v25) So we as The Christian Brethren of Duncan (Our official name) testify to the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God’s Son each week as we participate in our Breaking of Bread Service.
Where: 321 Brae Rd, Duncan
When: Sunday July 17, 2022
- 10:00 am Breaking of Bread
- 11:00 am Family Bible Hour
Speaker: Due to Mark’s situation he will not be with us but a suitable replacement has been found.
The main Sanctuary of the chapel is able to be used, side room, foyer, one ladies washroom and the men’s washroom. Everything looks good. Come and see what God has provided out of the event that took us by surprise but has turned out to be a blessing.