The church I currently serve celebrates the Lord’s Supper four times a year. I have been allowed to include this act of remembrance also during Tenebrae and on Christmas Eve when we celebrate the Supper by intinction rather than the traditional method of serving by the passing of small cups of juice and small pieces of bread. I wish it could be included more often in our worship practice.
In the church I now serve, the Lord’s Supper is considered an ordinance rather than a sacrament. In my own theological journey I have come to embrace the concept of a sacrament. I also would prefer to call this act of grace communion rather than just the title of the Lord’s Supper.
The church needs deeper communion with God. Communion is more than just a symbolic act. Communion is an intentional intimacy. The Scripture tells us how Jesus brought his disciples together on the eve before his crucifixion to prepare them. It was a time to celebrate what had already been done and what He was about to do. It was a time of expressing love. It was a time for embracing commitment. It would be a continuing reminder of their need to have faith and to trust what our Lord had told them, even in the midst of tests and trials. It is this continuing reminder we find ongoing grace. It is in communion we are bound to the reality of our Lord’s actions and the promises which we share because of them.
So much of what is passed off as worship today is an opiate for intimacy. It makes the observer feel religious while being entertained and serviced. Worship is now crafted for the consumer and what is being consumed is a conditional sense of belonging and a convenient, though shallow, partial clone of what true communion was intended to be. However, I still believe the desire of God for intimacy with his creation can overcome this most recent trial his children face. I believe the hunger of our hearts for authenticity and intimacy will lead worshipers back to the intentional devotional that sacramental communion was intended to create.