The word “Communion” signifies the binding together or the unity desired as part of this sacrament. The root of this word is the Greek word koinonia meaning, “fellowship.” Christ-followers live in community with God and others. The word “Eucharist” signifies the celebratory and thanksgiving aspects of the sacrament. The root word eucharistein meaning, “to be thankful.” The time of Eucharist was not sober and somber, but rather joyous and celebratory. Communion is also a time of commemoration. We call it the “Lord’s Supper” because Jesus started this meal shortly before His crucifixion. As the body of believers partake in the sacrament of communion, we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving — Just as Jesus broke bread and gave thanks with His first disciples, and as the pilgrims offered their praise in 1621, we also celebrate and give thanks to God, our Father, for His gracious and sufficient provisions.
Family Time — Read stories of the first Thanksgiving with your family. Talk about how life can be difficult at times, as it was with the first Pilgrim settlers and with the Israelites during their bondage in Egypt. Allow time for children to express difficult times in their own lives, and then remind them of God’s unfailing love and provisions in their lives. Read together the song of Thanksgiving that was sung by the Israelites as they were delivered from Pharaoh’s army after crossing the Red Sea. (Exodus 15) As a family, write a song of Thanksgiving to the Lord and read it together on Thanksgiving Day.
Recommended Resource for Teaching Children the Sacrament of Communion: So…You Want to Take Communion? Published by: Word Action (Nazarene Publishing House)
Fletcher Family Thanksgiving Traditions: We place several kernels of corn by each table setting and then everyone takes turns placing a kernel in a basket while giving God thanks for something/someone in their life. Last year, our daughter Jennifer made a table cloth for the Thanksgiving meal. After finishing our feast, every family member from the youngest to the oldest wrote their names and something they were thankful for, along with the date. We now pass the table cloth to the host home each Thanksgiving and continue the tradition. Jennifer traced the hands of our little ones. There are so many great ways to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family, but the most important by far, is to simply spend quality time in prayer and praise to our Creator and Heavenly Father.