4 Songs to Use for Communion

When the body of faith comes together to celebrate communion, there is often a need for music to reflect the deep significance of the service and provide a musical reflection as people participate in communion. Fortunately, the influence of the ancient-future network of worship leaders has spawned a resurgence sacramental spirituality among a wide swath of faith communities. This has led to some very thoughtful and musically rich songs focused on communion. Here are a few excellent songs to use as part of your next communion service.

Playlist of the Songs

“Receive” by Audrey Assad

https://youtu.be/WLKsUc5FEDg

This song lifts the listener to contemplate the transcendent nature of God who descends into our own condition to provide for us. It is in the bread and wine where the Eucharist becomes the means to encounter the grace of God through the sacrifice of the Son as reveal through the Spirit. Enjoy the wonderful Trinitarian construction of the song.

“Remembrance (The Communion Song)” – by Matt Maher and Matt Redman

https://youtu.be/9oCNwIA6xLc

Matt Maher and Matt Redman have written a beautiful song of invitation which recognizes the power of God in drawing us to his table of communion. The song echoes Jesus’ injunction to keep on celebrating communion “until he comes.”

“O Come to the Altar” – Elevation Worship

https://youtu.be/rYQ5yXCc_CA

Similar to Maher and Redman’s song “Remembrance”, “O Come to the Altar” also carries with it a strong invitation for people to come receive Christ. It is at the table of the Lord where people may experience the forgiveness of God as they respond to the invitation of the Father. Whether we have been following Jesus for a long time or this is the first response it is a powerful to reaffirm the joy that comes when we surrender ourselves to the forgiveness that comes through Jesus Christ.

“Jesus Feed Us” – Music and Lyric by Gord Johnson

While this song won’t likely ever make it onto Christian radio’s hit charts, it is perhaps better that you experience this song as a reverent reflection in preparation to receive the bread and wine. A unique strength of this song is its communal language. Communion is something that re-“members” as the body of Christ. As we come to receive Christ together we are reformed as God’s people, his bride.

“Behold The Lamb” by Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend

https://youtu.be/alvX9Fa53-o

A list like this could not be complete without one of Keith and Kristyn Getty’s hymns. Along with Stuart Townend, the Getty’s have crafted a beautiful hymn which reflects a rich appreciation for the work that God does in us as we come around the table and participate in communion.

All of these songs, except for “Jesus Feed Us” are available on CCLI’s Song Select service. This is by no means a complete list of communion songs, but hopefully it gives you a few options to use the next time you gather around the Table.

Lyrics for the songs are listed below:

“Receive” by Audrey Assad

Holy Wisdom, God in Heaven

Here in human time

Humble Godhead bending low and Touching bread and wine.

Faith is making plain the truth beneath the veil

Faith supplying where our feeble sense fail

To the Father, to the Son,

And to the Spirit be

Blessing, honour, glory, power,

Might, and majesty

It is God who we encounter,

It is God that we receive

From this altar we do believe

Jesus by Your hand you feed us

Your own life and bread Jesus risen,

Savior lead us

Out of sin and death

Word of God in flesh and blood, we’re here for You

Bread of life, the love of God, our heav’nly food

To the Father, to the Son,

And to the Spirit be

Blessing, honour, glory, power,

Might, and majesty

It is God who we encounter,

It is God that we receive

From this altar we do believe

To the Father, to the Son,

And to the Spirit be

Blessing, honour, glory, power,

Might, and majesty

It is God who we encounter,

It is God that we receive

From this altar

From this altar

From this altar we do believe.

“Remembrance (The Communion Song)” – by Matt Maher and Matt Redman

Verse 1

Oh how could it be

That my God would welcome me

Into this mystery

Say take this bread take this wine

Now the simple made divine

For any to receive

Pre-Chorus

By Your mercy we come to Your table

By Your grace You are making us faithful

Chorus

Lord we remember You

And remembrance leads us to worship

And as we worship You

Our worship leads to communion

We respond to Your invitation

(We respond to Your invitation)

We remember You

Verse 2

See His body His blood

Know that He has overcome

Ev’ry trial we will face

And none too lost to be saved

None too broken or ashamed

All are welcome in this place

Bridge

Dying You destroyed our death

Rising You restored our life

Lord Jesus come in glory

Lord Jesus come in glory

Lord Jesus come in glory

Lord Jesus come in glory

CCLI Song # 5484616

Matt Maher | Matt Redman

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“O Come to the Altar” – Elevation Worship

Verse 1

Are you hurting and broken within

Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin

Jesus is calling

Have you come to the end of yourself

Do you thirst for a drink from the well

Jesus is calling

Chorus

O come to the altar

The Father’s arms are open wide

Forgiveness was bought with

The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Verse 2

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes

Come today there’s no reason to wait

Jesus is calling

Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy

From the ashes a new life is born

Jesus is calling

Bridge

Oh what a Savior

Isn’t he wonderful

Sing alleluia Christ is risen

Bow down before him

For he is Lord of all

Sing alleluia Christ is risen

Verse 3

Bear your cross as you wait for the crown

Tell the world of the treasure you’ve found

CCLI Song # 7051511

Chris Brown | Mack Brock | Steven Furtick | Wade Joye

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“Jesus Feed Us” – Music and Lyric by Gord Johnson

Again and again and again

To this table we come

Once a people estranged

Now as one in your name

In your mercy and grace

Forgiven of what we’ve confessed

By your body and blood

One last thing we request

To you we pray Jesus feed us

Feed us Jesus

Feed us Jesus

With your healing love

“Behold The Lamb” by Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend

Verse 1

Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away

Slain for us and we remember

The promise made that all who come in faith

Find forgiveness at the cross

So we share in this Bread of Life

And we drink of His sacrifice

As a sign of our bonds of peace

Around the table of the King

Verse 2

The body of our Saviour Jesus Christ

Torn for you eat and remember

The wounds that heal the death that brings us life

Paid the price to make us one

So we share in this Bread of Life

And we drink of His sacrifice

As a sign of our bonds of love

Around the table of the King

Verse 3

The blood that cleanses every stain of sin

Shed for you drink and remember

He drained death’s cup that all may enter in

To receive the life of God

So we share in this Bread of Life

And we drink of His sacrifice

As a sign of our bonds of grace

Around the table of the King

Verse 4

And so with thankfulness and faith we rise

To respond and to remember

Our call to follow in the steps of Christ

As His body here on earth

As we share in His suffering

We proclaim Christ will come again

And we’ll join in the feast of heaven

Around the table of the King

CCLI Song # 5003372

Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend

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