Communion Alternatives

Tony Myles —  April 14, 2014 — 18 Comments

I could use your input. Maybe someone else can, too.

Got 60 seconds?

Communion FullA typical communion service focuses on the death/crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

This weekend on Easter Sunday I’m hoping to present it in a way that doesn’t just reflect the cross of Christ but also the Resurrection.

Normally we use a cup of juice and broken bread or crackers. One thought I have is to vary our elements -

  • Instead of juice, we’ll use grapes
  • Instead of crackers, we’ll use freshly baked bread.

So what do you think of this?

  • Is it appropriately creative or too creative?
  • Can you think of any other ideas that could also work?

At minimum, I’d appreciate your feedback. At maximum, how can we take appropriate risks in telling the Story of the Resurrection?


Weekend Teaching Series: 11 vs. the World (week 3 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: Be salt, be light, and take communion to remind ourselves of the great gift of God and eternal life through Him.
Service Length: 72 minutes

Understandable Message:The message this weekend centered around 2 specific stories of Jesus and the disciples. For the end of the series and the weekend coming right out of summer camp I wanted to challenge students to take their experience, commitments and life change back home and to their families, friends and the world. I first taught Matthew 5′s challenge to be salt and light, with a candle illustration that went through a section of the crowd. Then we transitioned to the story of the Last Supper and talked through communion and how it was a reminder to the disciples for the rest of their lives of what Jesus did and a re-commitment to His challenge to share the Good News.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend coming off of camp is an important one! We played the HSM Summer Camp highlight video, had great music inclding a STOMP-style version of the song “Go” and a simple message with a couple of interactive live elements. Solid finish to camp and the launch of summer events.

Music Playlist: Go, Divine and Holy, One Thing Remains, Your Love is Enough, With Everything

Favorite Moment: After the 6:30pm Saturday service we invited up all of our students and leaders attending the Costa Rica mission trips, the first of which leaves in 10 days. They are awesome students and I’m so proud of them! They were a great living example of sharing God’s light all over the world and it was super cool to pray with and for them.

Up Next: Philippians (series premiere, week 1 of 4)

Weekend Teaching Series: 3D (series finale, week 3 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: Your present appetites and desires if left unchecked can rob future desires and dreams.
Service Length: 77 minutes
Bible: Genesis 25

Understandable Message: The message this weekend was from the story of Jacob and Esau, where Jacob’s appetites were out of control and cost him his birthright. I heard a message from Andy Stanley from the Passion 2011 Conference and Justin Grunewald from Northpoint’s More series this Fall that heavily influenced this message – too many teenagers give up their future because of desires and appetites of the present. Lots of possible applications to cheating, purity, etc.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: The program was simple this week – most of the element of fun came within the message itself. We had students in tons of places serving, and the greeting team was in full force and excited, too.

Music Playlist: Your Love Never Fails [Jesus Culture], Cannons [Phil Wickham], Blessed Be Your Name [Matt Redman], From the Inside Out, Communion Medley – Nails in Your Hands, Here I Am to Worship, Infinite

Favorite Moment: We very rarely do communion at this level program, but it fit really well with the message and made the series finale feel extra special. At the 6:30pm Saturday service, we also had a prayer commissioning for our Kenya team, 30 students and leaders that will be traveling overseas next week.

Up Next: “Q” with Sean McDowell (series premiere, week 1 of 3)