ACCORDING TO PAUL we should partake of the Lord’s Supper during our assemblies (I Cor. 11:23-30). It seems the Corinthians were using this occasion as a time to eat and drink. That was not the purpose. The purpose was to remember the Lord Jesus. Thinking of His broken body and blood is a solemn occasion in which a person is to examine himself lest he eat unworthily.
Surely that would mean there should be a time of repentance for those who judge themselves to need it. Am I alone in finding myself almost always needing to repent before taking of his body and blood? Aren’t sinners and sinning Christians warned against participating without repenting? Is this a part of your church’s “Lord Supper” routine? How routine is your routine?
I was impressed with a church recently in which the communion elements were set on tables at the side of the altar area, and people went to the tables and partook individually during the worship time. There were no instructions given so this must have been a normal practice. I asked my seat partner if I could participate. She graciously went down with me. It was an un-rushed, free time to share with the Lord. Perhaps about ten percent of the church body participated – not many, but meaningful. I liked the “Jesus and me” experience.
I had planned this blog before having read Salvageable yesterday. He wrote on this topic. I recommend that you hop over and take a look https://salvageable04.wordpress.com/2020/02/26/a-message-from-god-part-one/
Continuing remarks from my thoughts about the local church. Excerpt from my manuscript called “What Does Church Look Like.” https://onetahayes.com/what-does-church-look-like-3/
Purposes for the Local Church Body https://onetahayes.com/2020/02/26/purposes-for-local-church-body/
Church – Who Gets It Done https://onetahayes.com/2020/02/27/church-who-gets-it-done/
Thank You, Onetta, for sharing this information about the Lord’s Supper! According to Acts 20:7 — “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, . . . ” — Jesus disciples (after His death) came together on the first day of the week to break bread. This implies that it is to be done every first day of the week, as it does not specify a specific first day of the week. Again, thank you for sharing on this topic! Have a Blessed Day!
I have no problem with every week if it can be kept in a sacred/personal manner. Sadly I think it would become routine program activity. There was a time I worked for a church. My main function was to visit our homebound members. As a service to them, I could take the elements of communion to use with them if they wanted. It was rare; however, it was never on a Sunday. Some things seem a bit flexible to me. Attitude is not one of them. 😀
Thank you for the link, Oneta. i cannot imagine a season-ticket holder to a professional sports team complaining that the team plays too many home games and they have become routine. In the same way, this special contact with the Lord becomes routine only when redemption and eternal life and victory over all enemies becomes routine. I’ve never seen a “self-service” communion distribution, so I’m not sure what to think of it. But repentance before approaching the Table–absolutely. Every congregation to which I’ve belonged has made that part of the preparation during the service. Which, I know, can become “routine,” but so can a husband and wife saying “I love you” to each other every morning. J.
You are absolutely right, J. However, it seems to happen as you say even to a husband and wife saying “I love you” every morning. You use the expression “approaching the Table.” Does that mean you go forward to partake of the communion? Or are the elements of communion passed down rows? The self-service bit was impressive to me because I believed the people who partook had taken time at their seats to “evaluate” their attitude rather than just taking their place in the line doing what they were expected to do. You see I said about ten percent cared enough to put themselves out to “go to the Table.” For those it seems authentic. I do think a higher percentage than that offer honest adoration in most communions in which I have partaken. But then often “Communion Sunday” was designed for that instruction and purpose. I have only attended one church one Sunday in which the rite was recognized weekly. I was passed over because I did not belong there. They were very quiet and respectful. But yes I do believe some of them were wondering how the heck their ball team lost yesterday and others wondered what movie was coming on that night. It was just as well that I was passed over. 😀
Share it whenever! Remember in gratitude what we who believe the Lord did for us to suffer and die so we could be SAVED to follow Him into eternity. We D and I celebrate by bread breaking and wine (small (from China jade cups given as a gift). every week but that does not prevent us in any way from doing likewise with any gathering where Christ is remembered. Thank you for the blog. We certainly remember living through and with what you shared above. All so sad when the act of remembrance should be from the heart and remembered with holiness of attitude.
I agree with you. I see no harm in varying time, place, technique – just when the heart is right. And anytime or place is a right time to make the heart right. Big family need is keeping me up this time of night. Need prayer.
I always wondered if there was a different way communion could be done in Protestant churches
Jesus himself issues the invitation, provides the bread and wine. Does someone else have to be present to dine with him? Just asking. I’m not suggesting anything is wrong when the elements are passed down rows, participants walk by a table or receive directly from someone’s hand. I do think it is a rite that is one purpose of the church. So let’s keep it going. Come and dine the Master Calleth, come and dine. Old song from long ago. Rev. 3:20 … I will come and dine with him… Amazing! Amazing! Thanks for the comment and the follow. I will see if I can follow you to your blog.