Once again I was reminded of our need to rethink how we observe the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist or Holy Communion, if you will).
Off to the side was the Holy Communion table–the bread and the cup–as an addendum (it had lost its place).
According to the Webster’s dictionary, an addendum is “something that is added; especially : a section of a book that is added to the main or original text.” That’s the message that I got from how the Holy Communion was observed today.
Just before we were dismissed, the preacher said that the Communion table is available for anyone who wishes to partake–off to the side.
Who bestowed on the preacher such an authority to reduce the Lord’s Supper’s central role in worship? And when a local body of believers gather, do we have the right to take such an individualistic to the Lord’s Supper?
All this could only be owing to our faulty and poor theology of the Lord’s Supper.
For example, the preacher impressed on his hearers the need to love one another in community, but then, he turn around and reduced the observance of the Lord’s Supper–a means of communal grace–to a mere individualistic meal (the message: it’s between you and your Lord, re-inforcing that personal salvation nonsense–the very thing the Apostle Paul wrote against in 1 Corinthians 10-11).
For it was never meant to be an addendum–something added on at the main of the worship service.