I was reminded recently that Swiss reformer John Calvin wanted to observe the Lord’s Supper weekly but city officials of Geneva wouldn’t let him, so he had to settle for it once a month (while Roman Catholics and Orthodox believers continued in their weekly observances).
1. Today, I know we can add the Anglicans, churches of the so-called Restoration movement of the 19th century, a few independent churches, and churches of the Acts 29 Network. I know of one Presbyterian local church that observes the Supper weekly (PCA).
2. When I first relocated to St. Louis, I remember one local pastor telling me that he withheld the Holy Communion from his church for an entire year (I thought to myself, what a terrible thing to do – faulty theology, I guess).
3. Personally, I prefer celebrating the Lord’s Supper weekly. While it is not clear, but this seems to have been the practice of the early church (Acts 20:7). In a letter to emperor Trajan, Justin Martyr describes weekly Communion.
4. Then I know of those who object to weekly Communion, concluding that it would somehow lose it significance and become too mundane. I believe such reasoning reveals a weak and misleading understanding of the Lord’s Supper.
We need to think Word and sacrament together. The sacrament of the Lord’s Table is not only a visible presentation of the gospel, but when we eat the bread and drink the cup, we feed upon the body and blood of Christ crucified and receive all the benefits of his death, by faith. Why wouldn’t we want this spiritual nourishment and growth in Christ weekly?
Conclusion. Perhaps we seriously need to rethink our observances of the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Communion, give to us by our blessed Lord Jesus.