What is Holy Communion?

Many of our services here at Sprowston are “Holy Communion” services. But what is Holy Communion? Well, during a typical Holy Communion service there is:
A time of worship, often with Hymns or songs.
A time to think about our own lives – to give thanks for the good things and to ask forgiveness for our mistakes.
We hear some Bible readings and a talk (or “sermon”) to help us think about God’s presence in our world and in our lives.
We pray for each other, for our world, and for those in need.
We then come to the part of the service known as “Holy Communion” (sometimes known as the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper) during which Christians eat a small piece of bread and drink a sip of wine. But why?

As Christians we believe that God is love, and those who live in love, live in God. This is revealed most perfectly in the life of Jesus Christ who embraced the world through his love; he died for a broken world; through him God suffered for us and suffers with us. We share in his new life; a life which endures and renews. 

Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus; how on the night before he died he had Supper with his friends:

Jesus took a piece of bread, and said “this is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me”.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and said “this is my blood. Whenever you drink it, do so in remembrance of me”

So, when we take bread and wine, we remember that Jesus loved us so much that he died for us on the Cross, but we also remember that Jesus rose again, and that he lives within us.

In sharing bread and wine we celebrate that God lives within us through Jesus, and because we share the food we are united with each other as well as with God; in a sense we are all “the body of Christ”. Communion is a time of spiritual refreshment and renewal.

If you’d rather not receive communion you are welcome to come forward for a special prayer of blessing, or to just remain seated. If you’d like more information, or would like to spend some time in preparation before receiving communion (confirmation) please contact the Vicar.