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This past week, our church experimented with how they deliver the elements of communion. They set the juice cup inside a cup with a wafer in it and you got both at one time. Pastor Sam asked, so here are my comments.
I long to celebrate communion more often and in a more central way. Because the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the central point of our faith, it seems that communion, the celebration of those events, should be central to our worship. The celebration of the new covenant should not necessarily be simply a once-a-month practice that we tag onto an otherwise normal worship service. Is there a way that we can make this a more integral or monumental act in our worship? Maybe that is dedicating more time to it. Maybe it is doing it more often. Maybe it is preaching about communion more. Maybe it is understanding the new covenant and how Christ fulfilled all of the old covenant and ushered us into His kingdom by his death and resurrection.
As to method, I'm much less particular. I do love to have someone say to me, "the body of Christ, broken for you" or "the blood of Christ, shed of you" as they offer me the bread and cup. I feel like I am being served and offered something, rather than simply being passed a wafer and cup. This is a detail, but one that has been meaningful to me. If I had to choose, I would have a large communal loaf and a large communal cup. Again, the symbolism of one body, one loaf and cup are meaningful. I know that this complicates a lot of things, but I like it.
How about you? I know many of you come from different traditions, some where you had communion weekly, some where you don't do communion at all. What thoughts do you have about the Lord's supper?