Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” vs.23-24

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

After Jesus’ crucifixion, reports immediately began to spread of his resurrection, a few of which are recorded in our gospels. Convinced by those experiences of his continuing presence, his disciples began to meet together regularly. Bolstered by the presence of his Holy Spirit that community expanded beyond Jerusalem to the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire. Very early on, before the gospels were written, as groups of those disciples met regularly for prayer and teaching they began to celebrate what we call Holy Communion as a part of their fellowship meals. In the congregations that Paul established he introduced a ritual that included what we have come to know as the “words of institution.” That little liturgy is virtually identical to what is said and done in many of our congregations today. Just think! From the very beginning the center of worship for followers of Jesus Christ is Holy Communion–over and over we’ve given thanks, broken bread, and heard the words, “This is my body…this is my blood.” What a gift we have been given! No wonder the Holy Eucharist has such an impact on believers! It is the very best way of maintaining a personal connection to Jesus!

Thought for the Day: What has Holy Communion meant to me through the years?


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