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Communion/Lord's Supper

What does this meal mean to you? Furthermore, what is Communion symbolic of? There is no right or wrong answer, I am just curious as to what other people's viewpoint on this is because I've only really been exposed to the Church of Christ view on the Lord's Supper.

BTW: The Question is how often does your church take time to share it together? My church does it every week.

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We do communion at the church I attend once a month. It is on the first Sunday of each month.

For me, it is pretty powerful and I end up in tears every time as I ask the Lord's forgiveness for things right before we eat and drink. That moment of silence and reflection is just huge.

To me, the biggest thing is the blood He shed for us. What He went through for all of us.
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Jesus said to do it in remembrance of Him. To me, it reminds me of His sacrifice, death, salvation, the New Covenant, and His promise not to observe that last meal again until we're all together with Him in Heaven.
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I find it difficult to speak up and say what communion is without talking about baptism as well, so please forgive me

Baptism is such a beautiful symbol - of our old person being dead...being immersed in Christ's death - a symbol of our old man's burial, discard. When we come out of that water, it's a symbol of rising to new life. The old man put off and the new man put on. Ready to be a house of the Holy Spirit. It's symbolic of us being IN Christ.


That being said..communion is a symbol of taking in something. It's celebrating what is possible because of our being in Christ. It's symbolic that we surrender to HIM IN US. We are not our own, we have been bought with a price. It's a covenant of that exchange.

Every time I take it, I make sure my soul knows what it means, and to sum it up, it's "My life for His. My body for His. My blood for His. My name for His. My glory for His."

It's not something to toy with - it's a covenant.. it's binding as marriage vows..may we not take it lightly ever...
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Originally Posted by TX_CO_Matt View Post
What does this meal mean to you? Furthermore, what is Communion symbolic of? There is no right or wrong answer, I am just curious as to what other people's viewpoint on this is because I've only really been exposed to the Church of Christ view on the Lord's Supper.

BTW: The Question is how often does your church take time to share it together? My church does it every week.

EDIT: Poll coming soon.
I believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. I don't get into specifics of how it is what it is because I believe it is a mystery of faith, and because of this, I believe it is more than a memorial or symbolic re-enactment. To me, it is a profoundly spiritual experience and if I had my way it would be celebrated every Sunday. Which it actually is at two of my church's services.
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It just a tradition that Paul set up.
It's not literally something you have to do to be saved or anything.
Now I believe it is done in remembrance of the Lord.
Hence the breaking of bread and drinking wine, are just symbolic of the Lords baptism and crucifixion.
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For me, communion is a very powerful thing. I am Lutheran, and my church takes it every Sunday. I have been unable to go for the last 3 weeks, so I will be very solemn and the communion will more than likely be more significant to me, when I return next Sunday. I am flesh, and in the flesh, I sin. I go against gods word, and do things that the flesh would do. I am baptized, but I believe baptism is a one time thing, that you can only do it again if you change churches. Baptism "puts to sleep" your old body, and washes your sins away, and makes you a new. Communion does the same in the sense, that you are taking and eating his body, and doing so in remembrance of him, and also that it is washing away the sins that you had. Confessing that you have sinned, and that you are sorry, and making you a new. So for me, it is a powerful event. It reminds me of His sacrifice, death, salvation, the New Covenant, and His promise not to observe that last meal again until we're all together with Him in Heaven.
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I believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. I don't get into specifics of how it is what it is because I believe it is a mystery of faith, and because of this, I believe it is more than a memorial or symbolic re-enactment. To me, it is a profoundly spiritual experience and if I had my way it would be celebrated every Sunday. Which it actually is at two of my church's services.
I have heard a lot of differant ideas from the Methodist (are you UMC?)

my parish has Communion at every Mass and Mass every day except monday
if a parish has more then one priest it is not uncommon to have Mass every day
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I have heard a lot of differant ideas from the Methodist (are you UMC?)

my parish has Communion at every Mass and Mass every day except monday
if a parish has more then one priest it is not uncommon to have Mass every day
I am UMC but I joined recently so I don't know the full spectrum of what you might see in the denomination.
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