As I interact a lot with pastors and church planters and often am asked how to “do” certain ecclesial activities (things done among the Church), I’ve noticed over the past few years that many questions I’ve been asked are how the Lord’s Supper should be celebrated in a Vineyard church. Since I don’t believe there is only one way to celebrate the Eucharist, I thought it would be helpful to put together a number of posts for pastors and church planters to consider for when they prepare for Communion.
Great quote here:
“A typical argument against this idea [of the weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper] is, “If we do this so often it will become less meaningful.” At first this has the appearance of wisdom; but with just a little pondering the illusion fades. Do we apply this reasoning to other means of grace? Are we worried about praying too frequently? Reading the Bible too much? Shall we be safe and make biblical preaching less frequent? Well, perhaps some are using this reasoning! These practices become rote not because of frequency but because of laziness of mind and heart on our part and the lack of robust biblical proclamation alongside the ordinance.” (Ray Van Neste in The Lord’s Supper, p. 373)
Tradition has it that on a Thursday in 33AD, Jesus broke bread and passed a cup with His disciples. We now call this the Lord’s Supper and celebrate it in remembrance of Jesus’ broken body and shed blood. Much ink has been spilled on the various ways that we are to understand this sacrament/ordinance. Catholics and the Orthodox have the Eucharist as the high point of their liturgy. Many Protestants equally seek to be faithful to this means of grace and have very high views on it’s place within worship (e.g., Lutherans, many Presbyterians and Reformed, as well as traditionally Baptists, especially of the Reformed variety). But despite all of the different views and perspectives that we have on the Lord’s Supper, imagine sitting with Jesus and experiencing the last supper:
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matt. 26:26-28) [Read more…]