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
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.
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
takes his place behind the Lord's Supper table.
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.
all are served, Elders return to their places beside the
Pastor serves Elders, and Elder serves
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.
Pastor reads 1 Corinthians 11:25.
distributes juice trays to Elders.
One of the Elder
leads in prayer.
Elders will serve the juice to the
When all are served, deacons return to
their places beside the table.
Pastor serves Elders
and an Elder serves pastor.
"Jesus said, 'This is my blood which is shed for you. Do
this in remembrance of me. " Then all will drink the
The entire congregation may
sing an appropriate hymn.