Holy Communion Service based on John 6.


Bible Reading John 6:32-59.

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[d] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you sent Jesus to be the true bread of life, We praise you for the greatness of your love for those who deserved your judgement but instead of judgement you lavished your grace upon us.

Lord Jesus we thank you for your willingness to come into this world as our Lord and Saviour. We can not grasp what you went through for us in your life and death but wat we know you to be the true bread of life. Help us to live for your glory.

Holy Spirit we thank you for opening our eyes to our need of a Saviour and drawing us to Him. We pray that as we come to this table you would reveal more of the wonder of what has been done for us.

We pray in the victorious and glorious name of our Lord Jesus Christ

As we come to this Sacred Table, we come as those who hunger for the true bread of life. We come to commune with our Saviour. Jesus the bread of life has called us out of darkness into his light and welcomes his children to this table.

Consider 3 things.

1 We have tasted the bread of life and Jesus is our Saviour, we look back to his life and death and know that he has achieved salvation for us. When He cried out  “it is Finished” upon the cross, we know that our salvation was guaranteed.

2 We need to daily eat of the bread of life, and this table shows to us that our Lord is willing to give us all the blessings of his salvation, he says to us “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.” We are reminded here that our Saviour is always with us.

3. The One who is the bread of life will raise us up on the last day, he will then receive us to himself and we will dwell in his presence for ever.

Prayer:

Almighty and gracious God we thank you that we can come to this table knowing that our sins have been forgiven through the atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank you for the new Life that you have given us and we pray that we may grow in grace and our love for you our God.

We pray that our fellowship with one another will be deepened in the days to come, so that you may be glorified in our lives.

We lift this lost,suffering and sinful world to you and pray that our victorious Lord Jesus would gather a multitude that no man can number to be partakers of the bread of life.

Amen

About pneumaandlogos

David Rollings was born in Luton in1949 and raised by my Christian parents in the Gospel Standard Strict Baptist denomination( Hyper-Calvinistic} in the sixties I rebelled against this background and got involved in left-wing politics. I became a Christian in 1969 and soon started reading Francis Schaeffer's books and came to embrace a Christian Worldview. I had the privilege of being on the staff of L'Abti Fellowship from1975 - 1979. After L'abri I studied at London School of Theology where I gained my BA.(1983) A few years later I studied for my MA by distance learning with The Nazarene Theological College Manchester (1999) For the last 22 years, I have been an elder of Shoreham-by-Sea Baptist Church. I also regularly attend the Christian Doctrine Study Group of the Tyndale Fellowship.
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