Tuesday, August 17, 2010
At The Vine we have chosen to celebrate the Lord's Supper every Sunday as the culmination of our service. The Bible gives us no command as to the frequency of the gathered church participating in this sacrament but we do have the command to "Do this in remembrance of me." I don't know about you, but I need this service of remembrance more than four times a year. The more remembering the better. We believe that our corporate participation in the Lord's Supper should be just as frequent as our singing together and our hearing from God's word. Seems that this was the norm in the early church as they "...devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." (Acts 2:42). You can't make a hard and fast case about frequency from this verse but it sounds to me like there was no "specialness" to the Lord's Supper in the early church. It was simply the norm to observe it when they gathered.
The only reason I have heard for not doing it every week is that "we want to keep it special". But why don't we say that about singing or preaching? Shouldn't we also want to keep those things special as well? Can you think of any other reasons for why we shouldn't participate in the Lord's Supper every week? Fearful of solidarity with Catholics? Is this just a traditional routine that most churches don't mess with? What do you think?