When the early Brethren read the accounts of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples in all four Gospels, they concluded that the evening had had three main parts. That’s why Brethren celebrate a three-part (or threefold) communion:
We often refer to communion as the Lord’s Supper to remind us of that Last Supper. In the footwashing, we are reminded of our need for daily cleansing from sin, and we follow Jesus’ example of humble service. In the love feast, we enjoy our fellowship with Christ and one another. And in the bread and the cup, we remember Jesus’ death on our behalf and renew our commitment to him in anticipation of his return.
Everyone who is a follower of Christ is welcome to participate. If you would prefer to observe during some parts of the service, you are welcome to do that also. Between now and then, take some time to prayerfully reflect on your relationships with God and others. If there are any conflicts in those relationships, this would be a good time to seek reconciliation so that we can join together at the Lord’s table in peace and unity.
The Lord will bless us as we follow him. As Jesus said after the footwashing, “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them” (John 13:17).