History of the Lord's Supper Table

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  1. PastorSBC1303

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    Somewhere I remember reading or being told that the Lord's Supper Table historically was used to signify whether a church participated in open or closed communion.

    If the table had four legs and was open underneath then that church had open communion. If the table was one solid piece and thus closed underneath the church had closed communion.

    Is this true? Anyone have any information on it?
     
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    I've never heard that. Doesn't mean it's not true.

    BTW: There are generally considered three "types" of communion:

    1. Closed — Only open to members of the church.

    2. Close — Open to church members of like faith and order.

    3. Open — What it sounds like (although there are distinctions among churches that offer to anyone and those that limit it to believers or to baptized believers.)
     
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    Pastor, this question has really bugged me. I can't find any references and have searched my mind and photographs to try to see if there is a pattern.

    I have seen photos of Primitive Baptist churches with "open" tables and Methodist churches with "closed" tables, so if the choice once had historical significance, it appears not to now.
     
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    I appreciate your help. I have looked through my stuff as well and not found anything. I know I heard or read it somewhere, just can't find it. Oh well...
     
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    hm, thats interesing. I'd like to know that too.
     

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