"The great danger of Christian discipleship is that we should have two religions: a glorious, biblical Sunday gospel that sets us free from the world, that in the cross and resurrection of Christ makes eternity alive in us, a magnificent gospel of Genesis and Romans and Revelation; and, then, an everyday religion that we make do with during the week between the time of leaving the world and arriving in heaven. We save the Sunday gospel for the big crises of existence. For the mudane trivialities, . . . we use the everyday religion of the Reader's Digest reprint, advice from a friend, an Ann Landers column, the huckstered wisdom of a talk-show celebrity. We practice patent-medicine religion: we know that God created the universe, . . . [b]ut we can't believe that he condescends to watch the soap opera of our daily trials and tribulations."
- Eugene Peterson
Sunday, January 29, 2006
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for  you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.This is the seventh post in this continuing survey/series on church methods and practices. This one concerns communion, or what we call the Lord's supper.
- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)
My understanding is that in the early centuries of the church, celebrants took the Lord's supper every Sunday. Catholics still do. I am not versed enough in church history (although I'm attempting to remedy that) to know when this practice changed, but my guess is that if you are a protestant, you probably don't receive communion at every church service. Why did the practice change? Was it part of the Reformation, and if so why?
How does your church do communion? Do you use wine or grape juice (or just a wafer and no drink)? Is there anything special or unique your church does regarding communion that you'd like to share? What restrictions do you have on who can partake?
What does partaking in the Lord's supper mean to you?
Leave your responses in the comments thread. And have a great Sunday!
Previous posts in this series:
The Church: Worship Style
The Church: Benevolence
The Church: Governance and Democracy
The Church: Governance
The Church: Small Group Format
The Church: Preaching Style