Love Feast and Communion
In an act of great love, Jesus gave his life for ours. The Brethren, as Jesus' followers, love God and each other--and take that love into the world. Brethren celebrate what the earliest Christians called agape; The out flowing love that seeks not to receive but to give. Jesus taught us this practice, sharing with his disciples a last, loving meal the night before he died. He washed the disciples' feet, ate supper with them, sought to draw them closer into the fold of his love, and offered them the symbolic bread and cup. This time of worship is an observance and our living commemoration of our Lord's last earthly supper with His disciples. In the tradition of the Church of the Brethren, communion has been patterned after the example described within the Gospel accounts. We at the Uniontown Church of the Brethren follow Christ's example beginning with a time of worship. This is followed by the washing of feet in accordance with holy scripture. We then share a simple meal together with the Bread and Cup Communion concluding our Love Feast.
John 13:14-16 "Now that I, your LORD and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." Luke 22:18-20 18 "For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood."
Our Communion table showing Christ and His disciples at the last supper. Photo provided by Kayla Wilson