The Breaking of Bread
The Breaking of Bread or Communion service was instituted when the Lord Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with His disciples on the night before He gave his life for us. He took bread and wine symbolising His body and blood, and shared them with His disciples saying "Do this in remembrance of me." See Luke 22:19-20 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-27. Christians have met together regularly ever since to remember the Lord's sacrificial death on the cross in this way.
In Risedale Gospel Hall we meet every Sunday morning for an open time of praise and thanksgiving. We extend an invitation to all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to come and share with us in remembering the Lord in the way He has instituted. As a visitor, the Worship or Breaking of Bread service style we use is perhaps new to you. The following is an attempt to help you understand the way we conduct ourselves.
Please read the following carefully before participating:
If you belong to Jesus Christ by personal faith in Him and you have been baptised as a believer, you are free to partake of the bread and cup regardless of your church membership elsewhere. If you have not yet personally trusted Christ as your Saviour, you are welcome to observe us in worship, but we ask that you refrain from the bread and cup as they are passed before you.
The scriptures teach us that sisters are not permitted to speak publicly in the meeting (1 Corinthians 14:34-35, 1 Timothy 2:11-12). However they may participate in the singing of the hymns and in silent prayer and worship. They are also encouraged to wear a head covering. This practice is based on our understanding of the teaching of Scripture on this subject (1 Corinthians 11:3-15).
The worship is led by any brother directed by the Holy Spirit. This may be in the suggestion of a hymn, leading in prayer, or opening up the Scriptures. At an appropriate time thanks will be given for the bread, it will be broken and passed around. Similarly thanks will be given for the wine and the cup will be passed round.
We give you a warm welcome in the Saviour’s name, and trust you will have a time of blessing whilst gathered with us.