Holy Communion commemorates Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, before his death on a cross. He told them to remember
im and the terrible, painful sacrifice he was making for them, and for all who follow them – right up to this time, including us.  He
gave his life as an offering for our salvation, making it possible for us to spend eternal life with God; something we sinners could
not do on our own. The symbolic elements of bread and juice were to be reminders – the bread signifying his body, broken for us;
the juice, his blood, shed for us.  This is serious, it is the foundation of the Christian Church.

 However, due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not all together in one place, so instead of a formal Holy Communion ritual, we
will have a virtual Love Feast.  Remember, Christ’s death was not the end.  His resurrection was a new beginning.  He is ALIVE!  
We will celebrate LIFE.

The Love Feast, or Agape Meal, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with the disciples during His
ministry, and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ.    John Wesley celebrated
Love Feasts with Christians of other denominations during his time in Savannah, Georgia.   His diary notes that after evening
prayers, he and others joined in their love feasts.  It was begun and ended with thanksgiving and prayer, in a manner that was
worthy of Christ.

The bread and juice of Holy Communion are symbols – reminders of Jesus’ sacrificial death.  These same symbols, or others,
can also remind us of Jesus’ LIFE after death, after his resurrection.  Life that has also been granted to us, by His Holy Spirit
living in us.  That spirit is, for us, ‘the bread of life’ and ‘living water’.

Our Love Feast will be part of our regular worship service, just like Holy Communion is.   However, instead of the ritual, which
we read from the hymnal when in the sanctuary, we will offer a prayer of remembrance and thanksgiving, for Christ’s life,
his death, and now his life in us.  The elements we share, bread and juice, are symbols.  But anything that will enable us to
remember Jesus Christ whenever we use it can also be a symbol for us.  So, we can sit at our tables, or wherever comfortable,
with bread and a glass of water or other things that will help us remember.  We could even have a donut and coffee, if every
time we have them we remember Christ.   The point to remember here is that even though this is not as ritualistic, it is serious.  
Please do not take this ceremony lightly.

Gather your own symbolic elements, and Pastor Bob will indicate when we eat and drink together, even though apart.


Hymn:   Be Present At Our Table Lord
Be present at our table, Lord.  Be here and everywhere adored.
These mercies bless and grant that we, may strengthened for Thy service be.

This prayer was written by Charles Wesley especially for the Love Feast and recommended for use at all Love Feasts by
both John and Charles Wesley.  Please remember that these words were written many centuries ago!

Father of earth and heaven,  Thy hungry children feed,
Thy grace be to our spirits given,  That true immortal bread.
Grant us and all our race   In Jesus Christ to prove
The sweetness of thy pardoning grace,  The manna of thy love.
(Ready, and honor, our symbols.)

Be present at our table, Lord;   
Be here and everywhere adored;
Your creatures bless, and grant that we  
May feast in paradise with Thee.

Eat together     (One Bread, One Body)

Drink together  (One Bread, One Body)

Your love, O God, has called us here,  for all love finds its source in you,   
the perfect love that casts out fear,  the love that Christ makes ever new.
O gracious God, you consecrate   all that is lovely, good and true.      
Bless those who in your presence wait   and every day their love renew.
O God of love,  inspire our life, reveal your will in all we do;
join every husband, every wife in mutual love and love for you  

Hymn: One World One Communion

One world one communion, one faith in Christ the child
One world one communion, and there is room for everyone

One world one communion, one faith in Christ the child
One world one communion, and there is room for everyone

Wherever bread is broken and where the cup is poured, brothers and sisters we are one in the Lord..
Though many things divide us with great diversity, through the power of love we will find unity.
So help us see there’s
One world one communion, one faith in Christ the child
One world one communion, and there is room for everyone
There is room for everyone, there is room for everyone
There is room for all.., For all who come.

(Dismissal with Blessing)
Go forth in peace.  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.    Amen.
(note: race = human race)
(note: the Church is the bride of Christ)