Key ideas about the Holy Supper
- At the end of His public ministry on earth, the Lord established the sacrament of the Holy Supper. As the Lord celebrated the Passover with His disciples, He told them to eat the bread and to do this in remembrance of Him. Then He gave them wine, told them to drink and said that this was the blood of the New Testament or New Covenant.
- What the Lord said and did at the Last Supper shows us that the Holy Supper is an important act of worship. But what does it mean? The bread stands for the Lord’s good and the wine stands for His truth. Taking the bread and the wine symbolize receiving Divine good and truth from the Lord. When we celebrate the Lord’s supper, we take the bread and wine into our body with a prayer that the Lord is present with His love and wisdom. For these symbols of the Lord’s very essence have the power to bring His presence within our minds.
- It is important to come before the Lord in a receptive state of mind. In preparation for the Holy Supper, we might reflect on our thoughts and actions, read the Word, or reflect on the Lord’s great love for the human race. A humble frame of mind helps us recognize our spiritual dependence on our Heavenly Father. And this allows the Lord to draw us closer to Himself.
Read more about the Holy Supper
- “The Lord’s Supper” by Eric Carswell (for ages 4-6)
The Holy Supper can help people to remember that the Lord is not far away. He has not forgotten us or left us alone. He is always near us, doing His part to lead us to heaven.
- “The Holy Supper: This Do in Remembrance of Me” by Louis B. King (ages 7-14)
Before we can be conjoined to the Lord in our minds, we must receive the Lord’s goodness and truth. The bread and wine used in the Holy Supper represent this.
- “The Holiest Act of Worship” by Louis B. King (ages 15-17)
The Holy Supper is called a gateway to heaven because it introduces the person who takes it into the presence of the Lord and His angels.
- “An Invitation to the Holy Supper” by Grant H. Odhner (ages 18 and up)
The main purpose of the Holy Supper is to help link us with the Lord.”
Projects and activities for all ages
- The Bread of God Coloring Page by Robert G. Glenn (ages 7 and up)
Shows the minister holding a tray of unleavened bread, ready to administer the Holy Supper to people.
- Making Holy Supper Bread (ages 7-14)
Here is a great recipe for making this unleavened bread with whole wheat flour.
- Overview of Holy Supper, Baptism and Other Ceremonies
Looks at the promises made and what happens during the sacrament of baptism and during the holy supper.
- For Reflection: Preparing for Holy Supper (ages 15 and up)
Explores the variety of ways we can prepare for the Holy Supper. One way is to engage in self-examination to identify a tendency toward evil that we need to work on.
- The Two Gateways (ages 7-14)
Children can set up two gates and move a person through the gates and toward the Lord.
- Where Do I Need the Lord to Touch My Life? (ages 15 and up)
Reflect on one area of your life with which you would like the Lord's help.
- Prayers Relating to the Holy Supper (ages 18 and up)
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