I Corinthians 11:17-28
Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
Most of the songs written from this passage are general enough that they could be and are just as easily listed under one of the other references to the Last Supper. However, several writers have tied their portrayals of the Last Supper more specifically into the context we find here. One is Jamie Soles in his song “Unto My Memorial” (listen or purchase here). He begins with these lines:
Now, now when I hear of your coming together
I hear your coming is not for the better
I hear your coming is now for the worse
Now I hear that there are divisions among you
I hear you keeping up factions among you
I hear you turning this peace to a curse
For some of you are going ahead
And some of you are going hungry
And some of you are getting drunk
And despising those with nothing
By this you despise the Church of God
He proceeds from there into a musical recounting of the Last Supper.
Another writer to specifically reference I Corinthians is Cheri Keaggy, in her song “In Remembrance Of Me,” referring to I Corinthians 11:28 (“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”)
This is My body given for you
This is the cup that holds the blood
Of a new covenant
This is forgiveness simple and true
This is the way that I have made for you
Before you eat before you drink
Take a long look inside
And tell Me what you see
He said do this in remembrance of Me
Do this in remembrance of Me
That Night, at Table (I Corinthians 11:23-26)