HOLY THURSDAY COMMUNION SERVICE
April 13, 2017
On Holy Thursday the church remembers the last evening Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room before his arrest and crucifixion. Sometimes called "Maundy Thursday" this night marks three key events in Jesus' last week: his washing of his disciples' feet, his institution of the Lord's Supper, and his new commandment to love one another.
Holy Thursday worship naturally features the Lord's Supper. That night the Lord's Supper was instituted at the conclusion of the Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples. This marked a transition, from the last supper to the Lord's Supper, and was all part of the Divine plan. The old Covenant meal gave way to the New Covenant meal that we call Holy Communion.
Come celebrate this special night
in our Lord's passion week and
take the Lord's Supper together.
GUIDELINES FOR RECEPTION OF COMMUNION
First Presbyterian Church welcomes all baptized Christians, who are willing to forsake their sin and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, and who are members in good standing of congregations which proclaim the gospel, to receive the Holy Communion with us.
In this service, we will be celebrating communion by inviting the congregation to come forward. The congregation will come down the center aisles and first receive the bread and eat it. Then turn to the outside where you will receive the cup and have the opportunity to drink the cup, dispose of it, and return to your seat from the outside aisles.
Children are encouraged to join their families as they come forward. Children who have been admitted to the Lord's Table by the Session (Elders), having made a public profession of faith, are encouraged to partake of communion (therefore called communing members). Children who do not take communion will receive a word of blessing from our elders.