No, I don’t mean by that title that the celebration of the Lord’s Table is a common event.
Rather, I have been reminded, by an excellent post from Russell Moore, of my longing for more unity and “common-ness” in our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. I know it won’t happen overnight at our church, but I would love for us to have it look like Moore describes, and I’d like that to happen soon.
From his post:
So why do our evangelical Lord’s Supper services so often look like the clinical communal rinse-and-spit of fluoride at an elementary school rather than like a loving family gathered around a feast table?
Often I’ll preach in churches about the Lord’s Supper and will call on congregations to go back to using a common loaf and a common cup. I’ll challenge the churches to recover the sign of bread being torn, not daintily picked up in pre-fabricated bits. I’ll call the congregations to drink the wine, together, passing along a common cup.
I’m not offended by people disagreeing me on this. I’m just stunned by the reason they most often give for dismissing this ancient Christian practice: germs.
Read the whole thing.