The Lord’s Supper

Here is what the Book of Church Order of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church has to say about the administration of the Lord’s Supper, which Branch of Hope OPC celebrates weekly (something I deeply appreciate and love about my church):

C. The Lord’s Supper
1. Before the administration of the Lord’s Supper, the minister
shall read the words of the institution of the sacrament from one of
the evangelists or from I Corinthians 11. Thereupon he shall give
instruction as to its institution and nature:

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance instituted by our Lord Jesus
Christ. Until his coming again it is to be observed for a perpetual
remembrance of the sacrifice of himself in his death.
The physical elements, representing the broken body and the
shed blood of the Savior, are received by true believers as signs
and seals of all the benefits of his sacrifice upon the cross. They
signify and seal remission of sins and nourishment and growth
in Christ, and are a bond and pledge of communion of believers
with him and with each other as members of his mystical
body. As signs and seals of the covenant of grace they not only
declare that God is faithful and true to fulfill the promises of
the covenant but they also summon us to all the duties of the
children of God, and call us to renewed consecration in gratitude
for his salvation.

2. The minister shall then declare who may come to the Lord’s
table and who are excluded, according to the Word of God:

It is my solemn duty to warn the uninstructed, the profane, the
scandalous, and those who secretly and impenitently live in
any sin, not to approach the holy table lest they partake unworthily,
not discerning the Lord’s body, and so eat and drink
condemnation to themselves. Nevertheless, this warning is not
designed to keep the humble and contrite from the table of the
Lord, as if the supper were for those who might be free from
sin. On the contrary, we who are invited to the supper, coming
as guilty and polluted sinners and without hope of eternal life
apart from the grace of God in Christ, confess our dependence
for pardon and cleansing upon the perfect sacrifice of Christ,
base our hope of eternal life upon his perfect obedience and
righteousness, and humbly resolve to deny ourselves, crucify
our old natures, and follow Christ as becomes those who bear
his name. Let us therefore, in accordance with the admonition
of the apostle Paul, examine our minds and hearts to determine
whether such discernment is ours, to the end that we may
partake to the glory of God and to our growth in the grace of

3. After prayer and thanksgiving the minister shall take the
bread and, having broken it, give it to the people saying:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which he was betrayed,
having taken bread and blessed and broken it, gave it to
his disciples—as I, ministering in his name, give this bread
unto you—saying: “Take, eat; this is my body, which is given
for you; this do in remembrance of me.”

Having given the bread, the minister shall take the cup and
give it to the people saying:

Our Savior also took the cup and having given thanks—as has
been done in his name—he gave it to his disciples, saying:
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for
many for the remission of sins; drink ye all of it.”

After a prayer of thanksgiving, an offering may be taken for the
relief of the poor or for some other sacred purpose.
A psalm or hymn should then be sung, and the congregation
dismissed with the following or some other benediction:

“Now the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the
great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant,
even our Lord Jesus, make you perfect in every good
thing to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing
in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be the glory for ever
and ever. Amen.”

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