THE LORD'S SUPPER AT LVPC

"The night Jesus was betrayed he instituted the sacrament of his body and blood, called the Lord's Supper, to be observed in his church until the end of the world as a perpetual remembrance of his sacrifice in death and as the seal of all the benefits of that sacrifice for true believers.  It also signifies the spiritual nourishment and growth of believers in Jesus and their additional commitment to perform all the duties they owe him.  Finally it is a bond and pledge of believers' communion with Jesus and with each other as members of his mystical body." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 10:16, 17, 21, 12:13, Matthew 26:26-27, Luke 22:19-20) --Westminster Confession of Faith 29.1

The Lord's Supper (also called Communion) is administered at LVPC on the 3rd Lord's Day of each month in 10:00 a.m. Traditional Worship (and on other special occasions as announced).  The sacrament is served on alternating months by intinction (coming forward and dipping bread in the cup) and by the serving Elders carrying trays of wafers and communion cups out to the congregation.  Although the two methods of service are one and the same Communion, they have two different emphases.  Intinction places the emphasis on the individual believer personally coming to Christ and rejoicing in His presence and receiving the benefits of His body and blood.  The Elders serving the elements to the congregation on trays places the emphasis on the congregation's union with one another in Christ, as we wait until all are served and partake together. Our congregation is urged to spend time with the Lord in special preparation for partaking of the Lord's Supper each month.  It is wise to prayerfully read through the Ten Commandments and allow the Commandments to lead to confession of sin.  You might find this historic confession of sin a useful resource. 

All baptized, professing Christians who are walking in fellowship with the Lord and with one another are invited to participate in the Lord's Supper at LVPC.  (We do not require that you be a member of our congregation to partake.)  Those who are not baptized believers, or baptized believers who are living in disobedience to the Lord or who are not in peaceful fellowship with His people, may not partake of the elements and are urged to spend the time in prayerful meditation.  The baptized children of believing parents, while members of the covenant family, may not partake in the Lord's Supper until they have made public profession of their faith. 

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Westminster Shorter Catechism #96-97

What is the Lord's Supper? 

The Lord's Supper is a sacrament in which bread and wine are given and received as Christ directed to proclaim his death (Matthew 26:26-27, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Those who receive the Lord's Supper in the right way share in his body and blood with all his benefits, not physically but by faith, and become spiritually stronger and grow in grace (1 Corinthians 10:16, Ephesians 3:17). 

What is the right way to receive the Lord's Supper?

The right way to receive the Lord's supper is to examine whether we discern the Lord's body, (1 Corinthians 11:28-29), whether our faith feeds on him, (2 Corinthians 13:5, John 6:53-56), and whether we have repentance, (1 Corinthians 11:31, Zecharaiah 12:10), love, (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 John 4:19, Galatians 5:6), and a new obedience (1 Corinthians 5:7-8, Romans 6:4, 17-22), so that we may not come in the wrong way and eat and drink judgment on ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). 

 

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