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How to Lead Lord's Supper Observance

Observance of the Lord's Supper should be one of the most significant and meaningful worship experiences for the church. To worship in this manner fulfills the command of Jesus and follows the example of the New Testament church. The observance of the Lord's Supper is worthy of your most prayerful planning. Here are a few ideas.

Make the Lord's Supper the focus of the entire service.
To tack it onto the end of a service is to trivialize something sacred.
Consider inviting the congregation to come forward by families and receive the elements.

Preach brief sermons that prepare people for the Lord's Supper.
Two brief messages on the body and blood may be incorporated into the observance. A message on the Old Testament observance of Passover or the sacrificial system in the Old Testament is appropriate. Sermons from the New Testament passages on the Lord's Supper are always meaningful (see 1 Cor. 11; Mark 14; Matt. 26; Luke 22).

Involve lots of people in the observance.
Elders or their wives should prepare the elements. Individuals may sing, read Scriptures, or lead in prayer. In most churches it is the custom that Elders serve the elements and pastor preside.

Use music to help lead the people into this experience of worship.
Have a choir, small group, or soloist sing as the elements are passed.
Ask the Elders and others involved in the service to gather for a few minutes of prayer and final preparation before the Lord's Supper begins. Make sure everyone understands where to stand, when to pass the elements, and when prayers are to take place. Enlist enough Elders to serve the elements in a reasonable amount of time. It may help to start one group serving from the back to the front while another group serves from the front to the back.

Lord's Supper Observance

Pastor takes his place behind the Lord's Supper table.
Two Elders take places at each end of the table and fold the cover and put it aside.
Elders stand and take their places facing the congregation.
Pastor reads 1 Corinthians 11: 23-24.
Pastor distributes the bread trays to Elders.
One of the deacons leads in prayer.
Elders serve the bread to the congregation.
When all are served, Elders return to their places beside the table.
Pastor serves Elders, and Elder serves pastor.

Pastor says, "Jesus said, 'This is my body which is broken for you.  Do this in remembrance of me. " Then all partake of bread together
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Pastor reads 1 Corinthians 11:25.
Pastor distributes juice trays to Elders.
One of the Elder leads in prayer.
Elders will serve the juice to the congregation.
When all are served, deacons return to their places beside the table.
Pastor serves Elders and an Elder serves pastor.

Pastor says, "Jesus said, 'This is my blood which is shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me. " Then all will drink the juice together.

The entire congregation may sing an appropriate hymn.

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