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Holy Communion (Eucarist) at Home.
« on: January 08, 2020, 09:31:04 PM »

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Holy Communion (Eucarist) at Home.

I can't regulary get to a church and my neighbours are agnostic. But I'm bringing up my children as Christians. So I've been considering holding a Communion service at home. I actually set it up and carried it out with my 10-year old and my 5-year old in attendence. The 5-year old had other ideas so I'd like to try it again.

What do you think? Have any of you tried it, and how did it go?

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Re: Holy Communion (Eucarist) at Home.
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 10:15:55 PM »
Sure you can have Communion along with anything else at home.

1.. Communion
2.. Music (with instruments even percussion for kiddies)
3..Prayer
4..Reflection
5..Teaching

Loads of ideas really.  What kinda thing you wanting and is it for you and your kiddies or open wider to others too?

With skype etc these days you can even do online type services too.

I used to organise various events online/church/services/retreats/conferences etc...so really its just  a matter of brainstorming something and simply setting out and doing it.
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Re: Holy Communion (Eucarist) at Home.
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2020, 10:16:54 PM »
I've never needed to do Communion 'on my own' because I've never lived in an area with no church.

For me, the 'communal' aspect of Communion is very important. In the New Testament, it's always associated with Christians meeting together as a body. We did once have a Communion service at our home as part of a small group meeting.

(5 years is probably a little young...)
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Re: Holy Communion (Eucarist) at Home.
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 10:57:04 PM »
Quote from: Serenity
.  What kinda thing you wanting and is it for you and your kiddies or open wider to others too?
For my daughter and I. My son is too young but he has to be there. It has to be open to anyone in a sense, but this is to do when there is no one else. As I said, we're surrounded by agnostics.
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I've never needed to do Communion 'on my own' because I've never lived in an area with no church.
For me, the 'communal' aspect of Communion is very important. In the New Testament, it's always associated with Christians meeting together as a body. We did once have a Communion service at our home as part of a small group meeting.
(5 years is probably a little young...)
Of course. And making sure he's occupied and happy is something I have to plan as part of it. We get to a church when we travel but we need regular reminders of what it is to follow the Bible too.   

I shouldn't like you to think we're obsessed with religion: most of our time together is spent outdoors, doing sport and playing and homework and visiting. But there's a few minutes each day for the Bible. So they say the Lords's prayer and sometimes other prayers each evening. We say a grace at table. We read a passage from the Bible or a children's Bible occasionally. My daughter sometimes draws and writes about the saints depicted in oil paintings in a book I have. She's learnt the seven days of creation. We've also learnt the 10 Commandments off by heart (using Ray Comfort's mnemonic) and that's kind of interesting when we match the consequencies to people we read about in the newspaper or to people we know about and of course to ourselves. My daughter and I talk about why some people seem bitter or unhappy and it's fascinating how that invariably leads back to a commandment broken. Soon she'll go through puberty and I want her to understand her morality before she goes the way of all teenagers!

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Re: Holy Communion (Eucarist) at Home.
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2020, 12:33:09 AM »
So this was how I made my plan from scratch for:

  Holy Communion at Home

First, I looked up the C of E order of service as C of E was the church I grew up in. And then I looked up the Bible passages that describe Jesus' first Communion. I pretty quickly saw that the C of E used words in the Communion ritual not used by Jesus but prefers the words of Paul in Corinthians. Paul made it clear that we should be right with God before taking the bread and wine. This accords with the disciples who agreed that the ritual should not be treated just like any other meal. And with Jesus' demand that we should receive the Father.

 I decided to look at the Gospel descriptions and found that they can each be followed directly without alteration.

First, the three Gospels that contain a description of the Communion are Luke, Matthew and John.

Matthew 26 says:
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ?Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover??

So clearly it was a carefully prepared meal.

 Then we have Judas' betrayal or Jesus' announcement about a betrayal:

Luke 22
3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

John 13
21 When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, ?Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.?

Matthew 26
23 Jesus replied, ?The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.

Clearly this is such an important part of the context for the meal that I thought it must be referenced.

And we have Paul in 1 Corinthians 11 who says:
27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

We can say that anyone who forgets Jesus, betrays Him just as if he were Judas.

And so I had the elements of three rituals for partaking of the bread and wine...

This is the one I prepared from Matthew. Instructions for the person officiating are in bold.

HOLY COMMUNION

Need:
Blanket, table, cloth, cup, small dish, bread, wine, sweets (for my son who would not take the blessed elements), stools.
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1) * "The broken bread and drink symbolise the broken body of Jesus and the blood he shed on the cross. Jesus gave his life so that you could know the Lord"

THINK OF SOMETHING WRONG YOU HAVE DONE, E.G. IMPATIENCE, SPEAKING HARSHLY, ENVY, NOT BEING KIND ENOUGH.
 
* "From the Gospel according to Matthew" 26:20-29.

"Now when the even was come, (Jesus) sat down with the twelve."

* PLACE THE BREAD AND CUP

READING BY A (a communicant) :
"And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I?"
END OF READING BY A.

* "So, Let us pray. Think of something you could do better to help others. Ask Jesus for help."

"Jesus said unto Judas, Thou hast said.

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it,"

* TAKE THE Bread.

"and brake it, and gave it to the disciples,"

* BREAK AND OFFER THE BREAD TO ALL "So hold it"

"and (Jesus) said, Take, eat; this is my body."

*  EAT

"And he took the cup, and gave thanks,"

* HOLD THE CUP AND GIVE THANKS

"and gave it to them,"

* DRINK FROM, THEN OFFER THE CUP

"saying: Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

"AMEN."
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