Breaking of Bread (Worship)
“ ... the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
(1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
One of the most important activities carried out by the followers of Christ is the regular remembrance which he commanded them to observe. The feast we are called to is one of great simplicity: the communal partaking of bread and wine. The bread reminds us of the body of Christ given for us. The cup of wine we drink from reminds us of the blood he shed and the new covenant he established for us. In order to prepare ourselves for this, we begin every “Breaking of Bread” meeting with a time of worship in prayer and song. We remember the events of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and celebrate the salvation which has been purchased for us. After partaking of the emblems, one of the brothers will usually read a passage from the Bible and share his thoughts.
SEATING For this meeting, we sit facing the emblems; the bread and the cup. The focus here is not on any one member, but on our collective enjoyment and remembrance of Christ. We share the bread & wine around the circle as we enjoy our common blessings in the Lord. We also have seating areas for those who are not currently members of the fellowship, but who wish to observe. We invite you to watch the meeting unfold and would be happy to meet you afterwards to discuss what you’ve seen and heard.
HYMNS & PRAYERS Throughout the meeting, various men who are members of the fellowship will lead the congregation in worship as they meditate on the Lord Jesus Christ - his character, his death, and his resurrection. Hymns allow us to express our sorrow and joy in the light of these events while drawing our hearts close to God. We emphasize congregational singing in our worship - there are no solos or performances.
DONATIONS After we take the bread and wine, you will notice a collection is taken. Those who are members of the fellowship contribute on a voluntary, weekly basis. No collection is taken from visitors or members of the community.
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: ”
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
The word gospel simply means "good news". Before he ascended into heaven, Christ commanded his followers to "go into all the world and preach the gospel." We seek to share the abundant life with which we have been blessed. This meeting is done in a lecture format with the audience facing the front of the building. Two speakers will present the gospel using a variety of scriptures. We will usually sing a few hymns at the beginning and end of the meeting. You will not be called upon to participate in any way (there is no altar call). You will simply hear the good news from God's word.
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
(Acts 2: 41-42)
We believe it is important for every Christian to cultivate a relationship with God through regular reading and prayer. It is also important for us to do this corporately on a weekly basis. In the first part of the meeting, various brothers will lead the congregation in prayer. Afterwards, we have a conversational Bible study based on a specific topic or passage of Scripture. This is a good opportunity to listen and learn what the Bible says and how to apply it to your life.