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“Do This In Remembrance of Me” online version

October 11, 2013

I could never find the verse that affirmed the fact that the Lord’s Supper was to be served once a quarter. But, that’s about how often the first churches I served were accustomed to having it.

Now, I am in a situation where we have Communion every other month. I like the idea of having a little more often, especially after hearing from folks who miss it but don’t have as long to wait until the next time around its served.

There are some churches which serve Communion every Sunday.

I was taught that the Lord’s Supper shouldn’t be held too often because people might lose the importance of it.  I don’t think there’s one right answer to the question of how often to serve the Communion meal. It should be and remains up to the local church.

I’ve always viewed the Lord’s Supper as an ordinance, a time when the family of God gathered “around the Lord’s table” to affirm their unity in Christ and our common need for salvation. It is a time to remember what Christ did for us through his sacrificial death on the cross. Usually, the music and message resonate with this theme and there is a time for reflection. Jesus “ordained” or “commanded” his followers to do this as a time to remember him.

It never crossed my mind that communion might be done online. Here is an article which deals with the subject.

There are some things in life that need to experienced in person. Without going into a lengthy presentation of what might qualify for that, let me say that worship is one of those. I realize that some churches videotape or simulcast the preaching and music to a variety of venues. While the content might be preserved, what is lost is the emotional connection between speaker and audience. Or, in the case of churches, congregation. And there are times during sickness, for example, that people need to hear the Word proclaimed when they couldn’t otherwise.

I think the Lord’s Supper should be experienced in person. There are unique moments in the life of a church family, when persons of a wide variety of backgrounds gather in a singular place to share in the same experience. This is how I feel about Communion. I’m also mindful of those who cannot attend such an event, and special arrangements can be made to provide this time of sharing for them in their hospital room or house. But, I don’t think online communion fits in that cateqory.

There is something about holding the cup, the bread, and hearing the words uttered at that last supper with the first disciples expressed once again. It is also meaningful to sit next to persons who are also part of the family of God and share that time with them.

The article raised some good points about the significance of the Lord’s Supper, and it had been a while since I had sat down to think about how important this ordinance was to me. I do hope that our churches can retain the significance of some activities being done “in person.”

I want to remain open to new ways to connect with persons, especially any number of ways relating to the internet and social media. While these tools provide forums for online community and conversation, they shouldn’t be a substitute for being in the presence of living, breathing persons who acknowledge their sinfulness and need for forgiveness. There’s something powerful and tangible that occurs when human beings come together for worship and community. The Lord’s Supper is one of those moments. I realize that life gets busy and convenience is high on the priority list, but when we look for ways to avoid personal contact with one another, life gets diminished.

The Word “became flesh” and lived among us. We need that connection.  The Lord’s Supper brings us together.

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