Bread of Life Communion Service

I invite you to this table
in the name of the One who said, “I am the bread of life.”
This is the table of our Lord Jesus Christ;
it is here that we remember
how he gave his body and his blood to save us.

On the night he was handed over,
our Lord Jesus Christ took bread
and after giving thanks to God
broke it and gave it to his disciples
He said, “Take, eat;
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

Let’s pray together:
Thank you Jesus, for loving us, even unto death.
Send your Spirit upon us so that we may know
that all who eat and drink at your table
in our congregation and around the world
are one body, one holy people.

[The bread is distributed]
The bread of life, Jesus’ body, broken for you.

After supper Jesus took the cup of wine;
and after giving thanks,
gave it to them and said,
“Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it,
remember me.

Lets pray together:
Lord, give us clean hearts, forgiving hearts, praising hearts.
As we drink this, we join with our brothers in sisters in heaven and on earth,
giving thanks to you in an endless song of praise. Amen.

[the juice is distributed]
The blood of Christ was shed for you.

Concluding words:
We have come to the Lord’s table,
we have eaten the bread of heaven.
The Holy Spirit will transform us from within
so that we can see with Jesus’ eyes,
hear with Jesus’ ears,
speak with Jesus’ mouth,
feel the world as Jesus feels;
to taste and see that the Lord is good.
Go into your week,
nourished by the Bread of Life.

*I have put this service together, but it is not original, it draws from the many communion services from different traditions that I have participated in.

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I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

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