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2.2 – Communion

Parent’s Prayer

Feel free to pray your own prayer or use the following as an outline:

Dear God,

Be with us during this time as we learn about the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Help us to begin to understand the importance of this gift that you have given us.

Amen.

Read through the following section of scripture:

Luke 22:1-23

Read through the following sections of the small catechism:

In the Explanation of the Small Catechism, read about the Sacrament of the Altar in questions 285 to 289.

 

Question Time

1. Describe what you have seen take place during communion?

Talk about what you see taking place with the pastors and the people serving communion. How do people act when they take communion? Discuss why you think things might be this way.

2. Do you think the disciples understood what Jesus meant when he instituted the Lord’s Supper?

If you have to, re-read the scripture from Luke. Discuss the reason you think they did or did not understand. Verses 25-30 seem to indicate that the disciples still did not understand what it going on.

3. How does eating and drinking communion give us forgiveness of sins?

It is not simply the act of eating and drinking that gives us forgivness, it is God’s words “given and shed for you for the forgivness of sins.” By faith we take communion with these words, we are participating in the forgiveness that Jesus’ body and blood give us.

4. How would you answer someone who said, “The bread and wine are simply a symbol of Jesus. You don’t really believe Jesus is there do you?”

Listen to your student’s answer. Encourage them to ask questions to the person who might believe differently. A great question to ask woulud be, “Why do you believe that?” Always fall back on what the Bible says as the reason for your beliefs.

5. What are the elements present during communion? What does Jesus say about them?

The elements present are the bread and wine. Jesus says that the bread is his body and the wine is his blood.

 

Work together to define the following words.

1. Communion – Christ’s body and blood, bread and wine, given for us

2. Words of Institution – the words we read and hear everytime we take communion

3. Is – is means is, not like. jesus said, “this is my body. this is my blood.”

 

Student led prayer

Feel free to pray your own prayer or use the following as an outline:

Dear God,

Thank you for giving us the gift of communion. Help us as we learn more about communion and what it is, help us to be prepared for this great gift that you have asked us to participate in. Thank you for giving your body and shedding your blood for us on the cross.

Amen.