“Teach the congregation about the depth of meaning in the Lord’s Supper, not just with words, but also with how we celebrate Communion,” the Elders on Session challenged. In addition to serving communion every Sunday in Easter, they wanted more. Thus we are now scheduled serve communion eleven times in ten weeks (including Maundy Thursday and the first Sundays of April and June).
Worship Plans for Easter 2012
These worship plans are tentative and subject to revision. Suggestions will be carefully considered.
|Isaiah 50:4-9a – Christ: God’s Forgiveness
Remembrance of God’s grace, Christ’s sacrifice, and work of the Spirit.
|Communion as Atonement
Small cups & wafers served to participants in pews
Christ’s Body given & Blood shed for us.
|Sin as slavery; Orderly plan of freedom.
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
|Passover Meal: Unleavened bread, wine|
|Mark 16:1-8 – You are looking for Jesus
Gift of God through Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit
|High formality. Sung responses.
Child delivers elements gift wrapped.
Participants come forward to receive bread and small cups.
|Acts 4:32-35 – Everything in Common
|Sit in a circle, minister to one another.
Intinction with one loaf
|Youth Group skit
The resurrection has implications today.
|Youth serve with modernized setting: Bread sticks in a pizza box, Grape Kool-Aid in plastic cups|
|John 10:11-18 – Good Shepherd
Eucharist is our great sacrifice of praise to God.
|Each family presents a slice of bread during the offering. Those slices are shared during communion.|
|John 15:1-8 – On Christ’s Vine
|One loaf divided and shared with cups in pews. Elder and Deacons immediately leave worship to offer communion to those unable to attend.|
|John 15:9-17 – Love one another
Spirit filled symbol of God’s Love
Women of the Church
|Heart shaped pieces of bread|
|John 17:6-19 – Christ glorified in disciples
|Wedding Feast: Invitations sent with a “robe”
Wedding runner & Unity Candle
Table filled with food: Fish, milk, wine, honey, salt, …, braided bread.
|Acts 2:1-21 – God pours out the Holy Spirit
|Give all members a red stole
Confirmands get white stoles
Give red stoles after confirmation
|John 3:1-17 – Born of water and spirit.
|Flour and oil dedicated as a sin offering after assurance of pardon. Children shape flour into pastry and bake it during sermon to be served for communion.|
- Commend using the unison prayer after communion as a prayer before meals.
- Add explanatory notices in bulletin beginning in Lent, March Newsletter, and email March 21 – May 23.
- Families invited to bring bread for one of Sunday.