Please join the IPHC’s Executive Bishops
for an online celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Sunday, March 22, 2020
7pm Eastern / 6 pm Central / 5 pm Mountain / 4 pm Pacific
At the Last Supper, Jesus shared the bread and the cup with His disciples, saying, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19, NKJV). The Apostle Paul encouraged this practice of the “Lord’s Supper” in the churches he planted, reminding the Corinthians that “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26, NKJV). The IPHC affirms the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as an ordinance of the church and a powerful, active proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In particular, the Lord’s Supper is a powerful sign of Christ’s atonement for sin in His death. The IPHC believes in divine healing as in the atonement, so it seems fitting that we should observe the Lord’s Supper all the more in these times. Yet celebrating the Supper seems all but impossible in our days, as churches are unable to gather physically together.
Remember, though, that we have not ceased to be the Body of Christ, the one loaf symbolized by the bread of the Lord’s Supper, because we are separated. Social distancing is not spiritual distancing, and the Body of Christ is a spiritual reality that transcends time and space. Though we have encouraged churches to move their worship gatherings online, we believe a churchwide celebration of the Lord’s Supper could be a powerful testimony to Christ’s atonement, and a powerful enacted prayer for the healing of our world.
On Sunday, March 22, at 7pm Eastern time, please join Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham, Bishop Tommy McGhee, Bishop Talmadge Gardner, and Bishop Garry Bryant in a live celebration of the Lord’s Supper for the IPHC. As priests in your home, prepare your juice and bread beforehand, gather your family, and participate with us.
Let us proclaim not only the Lord’s death, but also His promises of healing and resurrection together!