What should we think about and how should we feel as we take Holy Communion?

Last night we continued our Bible Overview we reached the Passover meal in Exodus 12 and saw it's fulfilment in Jesus in Luke 22:7-20.  Jesus gave a new meaning to the Passover meal;  Jesus is the Lamb of God who took God's judgment for us.  Like with the Passover meal we are to look back in remembrance, but the blood that we are now to remember is his blood shed for us on the cross.  We are rescued in the same way as God's people were in Egypt - by taking God at His word and acting in reliance on His provision.  

One question we considered is what we should be thinking about and how should we be feeling as we share Communion.  Among the answers were that we should be thankful for such an amazing rescue - Jesus died in our place so that we can have eternal life with God. We should be sorrowful - it was our sin that led Jesus there. We should be excited - His death for us guarantees a wonderful future for all who trust in Him.

The Book of Common Prayer has a very helpful paragraph on how we should prepare for Holy Communion, here's a summary of what it says:

First, to examine your life and conduct by God's word, a good place to start is with Jesus' teaching on the commandments:

‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Where you know you fall short, say sorry to God and ask for His help to change. 

Second, if you recognize your offences are not only against God, but also against your neighbour; then go and say sorry to them as well and be ready to forgive others that have offended you.

Third, it is necessary that you come to Communion with a full trust in God’s mercy, and with a quiet conscience; if any do not have a quiet conscience they should speak to their minister. 

You can read the full version in the prayer book on p197