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23 I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. 24 After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this to remember me.” 25 He did the same thing with the cup, after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.” 26 Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes.
Most scholars date Paul’s first letter to Christians in the city of Corinth around 54-55 C.E., ten years or more before the earliest gospel. “Paul’s comments in 1 Corinthians are our primary source of information about the Lord’s Supper.” * The apostle had a practical reason for sharing this Christian “tradition.” Some Corinthian Christians held to Greek social customs built on rank (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:20-22). But the Supper should unite the church, not divide it (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:16-17).
Living Lord, thank you for the Lord’s Supper, when I can act out you being as integral to my spiritual life as the juice-soaked bread becomes part of my physical life. Thank you for welcoming me to your family table. Amen.
I didn’t grow up United Methodist. In the tradition I was a part of, and in my family, there was a stronger emphasis on adults and older youth, but not children, receiving Communion. I remember sitting in the pews and watching my parents receive the bread and the juice as it was passed down the aisle. While I appreciate the reverence that community had for The Lord’s Supper, I also value our Wesleyan understanding of Communion.
As Pastor Adam shared in his sermon, Christ beckons us, comes to us, enters us, forgives us, and satisfies our hungry heart. It is Jesus who does the inviting to the Table, and it is Jesus who makes it possible for us to receive the gift of his body and blood. The thanks we give is a response to God’s grace and goodness. As a child I wanted to take Communion because I felt in my heart that it was something good. I was gathered with a community that I loved in a space I felt safe. I wanted that bread and juice because other people were having it. While my home church didn’t intend for me to feel separate from the community that was how I felt. I knew Jesus loved me. I wanted what he offers to us in the Eucharist.
I love being United Methodist for so many reasons. One of them is that we believe that if you hear God calling you to receive Communion then you should come, eat, and taste how good God is. God’s grace is for you, and it will change your life. It has changed mine. And now as a pastor I have the privilege of sharing Communion with people of all ages because God’s gifts are for all people. God loves you and you are welcome at God’s Table. There is more than enough room and there is a seat just for you.
* Article “Supper” in Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit and Tremper Longman III, general editors, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1998, p. 829.