Parkway Family, we want to commit to providing resources for you and your family during this time when we cannot meet in person. On this page you will find a variety of resources to assist you as you worship from home, meet with your small groups, and participate in online giving. For the latest information on worship services and other online events, visit our Parkway Family Calendar (under the Events tab).
Preparing for Worship Service
Preparing for the Lord's Supper
While we are social distancing, we should not distance ourselves from the Lord, His church, His Word, or His ordinances. While our practicing of the Lord’s Supper is regularly done together with the gathered body of Christ, our present situation precludes us from gathering in person as a church. So, we will obey Christ’s command and celebrate the Lord’s Supper as a scattered body of Christ in multiple smaller gatherings (our homes) until we can gather again.
1 Cor. 11:26 says that whenever we eat the bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. Each time we eat the supper together, we anticipate being with the incarnate Jesus Christ (the physical body of Jesus Christ). During this social distancing, we also will anticipate being the gathered body of Christ on earth again. What a celebration day that will be! Here’s how we can obey Christ in this way during this time.
Prepare your Head
Take time before the service to review the meaning of the Lord’s Supper and why we as followers of Jesus practice the supper. It is formative for you and your family to understand what the Lord’s supper is and what the Bible says about it.
What is the Lord’s Supper?
- The Commemoration and Remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19).
- The Proclamation of the saving work of Christ’s body and shed blood (1 Cor. 11:26).
- The Celebration of the resurrection of Christ and our victory over sin and death (1 Cor. 15:54-57).
- The Anticipation of the return of Christ (1 Cor. 11:26).
- The participation with and in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 10:16).
Prepare your Heart
Take time to evaluate your personal walk with Jesus and your relationship with others. We can erroneously think we should be as clean as possible before the Lord. This is a time to reflect on the fact that you need grace, rejoice that God sent Jesus, and repent from going your own way.
Steps to preparing your heart for the Lord’s Supper:
- Search your heart for unconfessed sin and confess (1 Cor. 11:28-32).
- Confess your fear and anxieties to the Lord (1 Cor. 29).
- If there is unresolved conflict in your life, seek reconciliation (as it depends on you) (Matt. 5:23).
- Forgive yourself and others as you look at the forgiveness of Jesus (Matt. 26:26-28).
- Pray as the Spirit leads and give thanks for the body of blood of Jesus that was shed for you (1 Thess. 5:18).
Prepare your Hands
Take time to gather the elements (bread and cup) of the Lord’s Supper with what you have. This time is going to be different than what you are used to. This is a great time to think about how missionaries celebrate the Lord’s Supper when they are doing house church or how shut-ins are brought the Lord’s Supper by a church leader or a family member. The early church often met in secret and used the resources that were available to them. The symbol is important but not nearly as important as what it symbolizes.
Here are ways to prepare your serving:
- Explain to the people in your gathering that the Lord’s Supper is for the baptized believers in your home/gathering (Romans 6:3-4)
- Ensure there is enough elements for all the believers in your home/gathering (1 Cor. 11:33)
Prepare the elements before the service:
- Bread of any kind or cracker of any kind
- Grape juice or another juice that is available to you (If no juice is available, water is acceptable during these times)
- Enlist others to help you serve.
Worship is an important time for children, and there are many ways they can participate. Encourage them to pray with you, and to dance and sing along during musical worship. Provide them a journal or something to write on, and make it fun with crayons, color pencils, or markers. You can even print this page for notes.
Talk with them after the service about what notes they took, what questions they might have, and ways that you can pray together as a family.
There are other events throughout the week, including Wednesday Nights, and other Facebook LIVE events with Pastor Jonathan. Visit the Parkway Calendar for links and information on these events.
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