We practice open communion (also referred to as the Lord’s Supper) on a weekly basis. For us at Altamesa, this is a time in our worship service during which our focus is on Jesus Christ, the forgiveness offered at the cross, and the new life in Christ that we now offer back to God. We do this by partaking of a small piece of bread and a small cup of grape juice as the communion trays are passed down the rows.
Open communion means that we don’t have any restrictions for who can participate in communion. Each person, Altamesa member or guest, can determine for him/herself. There is no pressure or judgment. If you are uncertain, feel free to pass the tray to the next person. However, please consider taking the opportunity to experience the grace and love of God through the presence of Christ by participating in this simple act.
Different churches do communion in different ways. Here's how we do it most of the time at Altamesa. A communion leader will make a short presentation about communion and/or read a scripture and then pray. Servers will come and pass the bread trays. When you receive a tray, take a small wafer and put it in your mouth. Pass the tray on. The cup tray will come next. When you receive one, take one of the small plastic cups, drink the grape juice, and return the cup to the tray. Pass the tray on.
For further study, read the about this shared meal in the gospels (the same story told three times): Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-23. There is always more, but this is a start.