Frequency of Communion

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  1. Paul3144

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    How often does your church celebrate the Lord's Supper and how often do you think it should be done? My church has only done it 5 times this year with no set schedule. We'll next do it on Christmas Eve. In my ideal world, we'd do it on the first Sunday morning and third Sunday night of each month, plus on Easter and Christmas Eve. I think Baptists have a tendency to ignore Communion; once every two months is not often enough IMHO.
     
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    Hello Paul3144

    You asked.......
    That’s a good question.
    Especially since the Bible leaves it up to us.........
    1 Corinthians 11:26
    “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”

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    At our Church, we do it about 4 times a year, and that seems to be perfect.

    There are some Churches that only do it once a year(& that is not enough), and other Churches that do it every Sunday(& that’s too much).

    If a Church doesn’t do it enough, some folks might miss it;
    But if it’s done too much, it becomes ritualistic, and people can get the wrong idea about it.
     
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    Our church holds it about once every two months, on average, sometime more, sometimes less. It is usually in the Sunday night service, but the next one is the Sunday after Christmas in the morning.
     
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    How do you know this? We do it every Sunday before the morning service and every single time is a blessed and worshipful time as we 'show His death.'

    Can a church remember His death too often?

    I am not dogmatic, to each church their own, but I do think it wrong to make a statement like the one posted above. How can you decide what is too much for our local church?

    I find this keeps us in close communion with Him as we are constantly encouraged to remember His sacrifice for us.
     
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    We do it once a month, about half of the time on Sunday morning and the other half on Sunday night. In December, it's always on Christmas Eve. However, I think Acts 20:7 makes a good case for having the Lord's Supper every Sunday.
     
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    Why not daily as shown in Acts 2:46 ?

    No saying we must - but merely asking why not?
     
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    I'm not opposed to every Sunday, even though I don't think that's required.. It's just that at my church we have about 6,000 people on Sunday AM and it takes a long time. A good thing about switching it between morning and evening services is that if people can't come in the morning, for example, then they can do it at least half the time.
     
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    We do it every other month on Sunday mornings. But we also do it on Christmas Eve and on the 1st Sunday of the year.
     
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    We do it the first Sunday of the month (so that would mean we have communion today) and at some special services including Good Friday.
     
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    First Sunday of the month here as well...
     
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    We serve the Lord's Supper the first Sunday of the month.

    I wouldn't be opposed to every Sunday, and it would probably be more in line with scripture and the practice of the early church.

    peace to you:praying:
     
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    Normally, most military chaples observe the first Sunday of the month
     
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    Hello C4K

    Nice to hear from you; It’s been a long time.

    I said......
    You responded with........
    Well, I never claimed to “know” anything. I said people “could” get the wrong idea.
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    And this danger is real, unless the pastor does a great job each and every service, of explaining that it is just a memorial.

    You know, that Children raised up in such an atmosphere, are going to come away thinking that somehow this keeps them holy or something.

    It’s like getting re-baptized every Sunday.
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    I do apologize for offending you; But my point has been proven by the responses in this thread.

    Can you even imagine, a Christian Church, commemorating “good Friday”, with the Lord’s supper service?!?!?

    Don’t they realize how unbiblical and simply religious that is; and how if they were actually going to honor the day of our Lord’s death, they would do it on a Wednesday, not a Friday?!?
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    Pure religion, is to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.

    But this kind of “feel good” religion, is far from pure.
     
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    twice a year

    I think it should be done more often, ideally once a month.
     
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    I would hope a pastor would do a great job each and every time communion is served to explain what it is. I know mine always does.

    Oh - can I see the documentation on that? Since you are so sure, there must be studies done or something. I know my children don't feel that they are "holy or something" due to communion but that they are holy because they are washed by the blood of the Lamb and have put on His righteousness.

    Ummm - no, since we are not told to baptize over and over again. Apples and oranges.

    That you're posting with quite a bit of arrogance? Yes, it has been proven.

    Yes, I can imagine since my church where my husband is a pastor does this. We serve communion each and every Good Friday to remember the sacrifice of the Lamb. Wednesday is debatable. We remember His death on Friday.


    So taking the Lord's Supper is impure? I'd say that's .... yes, a strong but applicable word here ..... heresy.
     
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    You said in your first statement - 'this is too often.' You cannot make that judgement for another local church.

    Our Lord's Table has nothing to do with feeling good, every week it is a challenge to my heart and a reminder to show His death all through the week.

    I would love to see you document your fallacious charge that children who grow up observing the Lord's Table weekly 'come away thinking that somehow this keeps them holy or something.' Do have anything to back that up?

    Your local church has the liberty to only remember the Lord's death four times a year, that is up to your church. But please don't characterise those who do so weekly as being 'religious and impure.' You don't know our hearts and you have never sat in one of our Lord's Table serivices.

    Every time we eat the bread and drink the cup we remember His death. Is once a week really too often for that?
     
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    Hi annsni

    You asked...........
    You are right, I have not documentation; I just know the nature of the beast.
    We, as human being, are bent on substituting a lie for the truth. etc.

    Now sure enough, being born again, changes us on the inside; But a battle ensues, between the new man and our old man;
    And our old man, is looking for an easy out(some religious practice), that can soothe our conscience, allowing us to get away with sin.

    And a weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper, can be this easy out, for some people.
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    Sure enough there is no documentation that I know of, that proves this point:
    But each of us, can conduct our own experiment.....

    The next time your Church observes the Lord’s Supper, lead your family to not participate, for this one service; And document the results.
     
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    Why would I miss a chance to remember the Lord's death?

    Why is your four times a year more godly than our weekly?

    Do you really think that a weekly observance of the Lord's Table is a way to find an excuse to sin?? Every single week I am forced to deal with my own unholiness and unworthiness to partake of this remembrance.

    Do you have even the slightest Bible evidence to condemn our church for a weekly observance of the Lord's Table? Or is this charge of an 'easy way out' based only on your opinion? Have you ever been in a church that observed the Lord's Table weekly?
     
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    Church I pastor...Quarterly...

    Our home church Fifth Sunday evenings...

    If I had my way, we would do it at the beginning of each business meeting....
     
  20. MrJim

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    I only tell my wife I love her 4 times a year 'cause more than that and she'll just take it for granted..:laugh:
     

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