12.03.09 communion nature of communion
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- 1.Communion The Nature of CommunionRecognizing Jesus Real Presence in the Lords SupperMemorization Verses:It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ of Me. In the same way also He took the cup afterunder the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it tofor us Christians to eat and to drink. Our Lord Jesus them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; this cup is theChrist, on the night when He was betrayed, took new testament, in My blood, which is shed for you forbread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it,gave it to the disciples and said: "Take, eat; this is My in remembrance of Me."
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LSB 631 ethymnal.org/htmMy strength is in Thy might, Thy might /h/e/hereomyl.htm alone. 1 Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face; 5 Mine is the sin, but Thine theHere would I touch and handle thingsrighteousness;unseen; Mine is the guilt, but Thine the cleansingHere grasp with firmer hand theternalblood;grace,Here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace;And all my weariness upon Thee lean.Thy blood, Thy righteousness, O Lord, my 2 Here would I feed upon the bread of God,God.Here drink with Thee the royal wine of 6 Too soon we rise; the vessels disappear;heavn; The feast, though not the love, is past andHere would I lay aside each earthly load, gone;ere taste afresh the calm of sin forgivn.The bread and wine remove; but Thou art 3 This is the hour of banquet and of song;here,This is the heavnly table spread for me; Nearer than ever; still my shield and sun.Here let me feast and, feasting still prolong 7 Feast after feast thus comes and passes by,The brief bright hour of fellowship withYet, passing, points to that glad feast above,thee. Giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy, 4 I have no help but Thine; nor do I need The Lambs great marriage feast of bliss andAnother arm but Thine to lean upon. love.It is enough, my Lord, enough indeed; 3. Communion Discussion and ReflectionWhat we do: .Why? We praise God Prayer of thanks to God The Minister tells the story of how communion started. We pray for other people We say Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world have mercy on us We pass the bread and the wine We end with saying The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.Tell about your first communion. 4. Pray: Holy Jesus, unite with my body and PRAYERsoul on this day. Nourish me with Take and eat Your flesh and refresh me with Your blood, so that my weak faith may be True body andstrengthened, receive the assurance ofbloodYour grace, the forgiveness of my sin, and eternal salvation. Clothe me with Visible elements the pure silk of Your righteousness. Consecrated by Clothe me in the true wedding garment, that I may appear at Yourthe Word heavenly table as a worthy guest. Celebration andNow, Lord God and Father, be my help and my protection! Lord JesusBlessing Christ, be my bread, my light, andP raiselife! And You, O Holy Spirit, illumineR epentanceand preserve me in true sanctification. In that estate, intoA ppreciationwhich I again am permitted to enterY ou may I remain for all my life. Let me be enveloped in You. Without YouE veryonethere is only grief. O dear Savior, letR esolve me ever be with You. Amen. (Johann Habermann, 1516-90). 5. LSB 633 5 Mighty Victim from the sky, 1 At the Lambs high feast we sing Hells fierce powrs beneath You lie;Praise to our victorious King, You have conquered in the fight,Who has washed us in the tideYou have brought us life and light.Flowing from His piercd side. Alleluia! Alleluia! 2 Praise we Him, whose love divine 6 Now no more can death appall,Gives His sacred blood for wine, Now no more the grace enthrall;Gives His Body for the feast-- You have opened paradise,Christ the victim, Christ the priest.And Your saints in You shall rise. Alleluia!Alleluia! 7 Easter triumph, Easter joy! 3 Where the paschal blood is poured, This alone can sin destroy;Deaths dread angel sheathes the sword;From sins powr, Lord, set us free,Israels hosts triumphant go Newborn souls in You to be. Alleluia!Through the wave that drowns the foe. 8 Father, who the crown shall give,Alleluia! Savior, by whose death we live, 4 Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed, Spirit, guide through all our days;Paschal victim, paschal bread;Three in One, Your name we praise.With sincerity and love Alleluia!Eat we manna from above. Alleluia! 6. With bread and wine you can walk your road. ~Spanish Proverb 7. What is the Sacrament of the Altar? Where is this written? What are some other names for the Sacrament of the Altar? Who instituted the Sacrament of the Altar? What does Christ give us in the sacrament? How does the Bible make it clear that these words of Christ are not picture language? What are the visible elements in the Sacrament? Do Christs body and blood in the Sacrament replace the bread and wine, so that the bread and wineare no longer there? How then are the bread and win in the Sacrament the body and blood of Christ? Do all communicants receive the body and blood in the Sacrament, whether or not they believe? Are the body and blood of Christ in the Sacrament sacrificed again to God for the sins of the livingand the dead? What does Christ command when He says, "This do in remembrance of Me"? Why are we to receive the Sacrament often?______________________________ Say Mean Matter SS Take and eatKey phrases Own wordsAnswer the M True body and bloodquestions/ T Visible elements Personal W Consecrated by the Wordapplication Th Celebration and Blessing 8. A Big Mac - the communionwafer of consumption. John Ralston Saul Faith is not knowledge of anobject but communion withit. Nicols Gmez Dvila What do we commune with? 9. The supper consists of 3 elements two physical, one verbal 2 symbols both truly present, but not physiologically or scientifically 1 recipient Personal, yet connecting with all recipients 1 action The true communion with Christ 10. The Eucharist (giving ofthanks) is a commemorationmeal instituted by Christ forthe Church. Christ binds himself to allOT believers by fulfillingthe passover sacrifice andinfusing his own personwithin this intimate settingof forgiveness. Christ binds himself to thesupper in the same way hebinds himself eternally tohumanity throughincarnation 11. The Supper is not: An infusion ofextra/special grace A magical event that canbe used sympathetically Idolotry or a replacementof the historical events ofjustification An unexamined meal ofconsumption A just a symbol or notreally Jesus thought meal 12. Historically, there havebeen five reasons peoplehave had problems withCommunion: It is unimportant It is figurative/not real People abuse it You are too sinful Your pastor is too sinful How might we reconcilethese ideas scripturally? 13. It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus not the communion of the blood of Christ? The breadChrist under the bread and wine, instituted bywhich we break, is it not the communion of the bodyChrist Himself for us Christians to eat and toof Christ? (NKJV).drink. Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles The holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and St. teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of breadPaul write: and to prayer. Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was Matt. 26:26 Jesus took bread, gave thanks and brokebetrayed, took bread, and when He had given it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, "Take and eat;thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples andthis is My body."said: "Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for Note: Eucharist comes from the Greek word foryou. This do in remembrance of Me." "giving thanks." In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, Pray: O Lord, I do truly believe that You are heresaying, "Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the newpresent in this sacrament, both God and man.testament, in My blood, which is shed for you forYour will is that I should receive You, and that Ithe forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as youshould unite myself unto You in charity. Whereforedrink it, in remembrance of Me." I implore Your mercy, and do crave Your special This sacrament is also called the Lords Supper, the grace, to the end I may wholly be dissolved andLords Table, Holy Communion, the Breaking ofoverflow with love unto You, and hereafter neverBread, and the Eucharist.allow any external consolation to enter in. For this 1 Cor. 11:20 When you come together, it is not the most high and precious sacrament is the healthLords Supper you eat. both of soul and body, the medicine for all spiritual laziness; hereby my vices are cured, my passions 1 Cor. 10:21 You cannot have a part in both the Lords bridled, my temptations overcome. Amen.table and the table of demons. (Thomas a Kempis, c. 1380-1471) 1 Cor. 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it 14. Tertullian he flesh is washed, in order that the soul may be cleansed; the flesh is anointed, that the soul may be consecrated; the flesh is signed [with the cross], that the soul, too, may be fortified; the flesh is shadowed with the imposition of hands, that the soul also may be illuminated by the Spirit; the flesh feeds on the body and blood of Christ, that the soullikewise may have its fill of God "Deres. Carnis.", viii 15. Augustine "By those sacrifices of the Old Law, this oneSacrifice is signified, in which there is a trueremission of sins; but not only is no one forbiddento take as food the Blood of this Sacrifice, rather,all who wish to possess life are exhorted to drinkthereof." (Questions on the Heptateuch 3:57) That Bread which you see on the altar, having beensanctified by the word of God IS THE BODY OFCHRIST. That chalice, or rather, what is in thatchalice, having been sanctified by the word ofGod, IS THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. Through thatbread and wine the Lord Christ willed tocommend HIS BODY AND BLOOD, WHICH HEPO