Lord Supper

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by chuck2336, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. chuck2336

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    I have a question for all you salty (Navy term, meaning you have been around) pastors.

    Since I am not serving as pastor anywhere right now I have been visiting area churches looking for a place to heal from recent battles. I went to the church where I grew up as a young person and it was Communion time. Anyway, this pastor did something I have never witnessed before. Instead of the "Baptist standard" of the pastor and deacons serving the sacraments to the congregation, he had us go to the front and get our wafer and juice go back to our seats and had the fathers (or who ever was head of the house) lead in the receiving the sacraments. No scripture before hand, we did pray after. Not saying this is right or wrong because I know this is not the place for debate, but it just did not sit right with me.

    Has anyone heard of doing it this way before?

    Am I just being odd for not liking this, it seemed like it lacked the reverence I feel the Lord Supper deserves.

    Anyway, I just wondered if I had been stuck in my SBC rut for too long!
     
  2. StefanM

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    I've heard of it, and I have no problem with it.

    What about it "lacked the reverence"? It seems that you are saying that unless it's done according to traditional methodology, it's irreverent.
     
  3. chuck2336

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    Not at all, I like to see new and inventive ways of doing things. I am far from being a traditionalist. However, I do feel like sometimes we throw the baby out with the bath water in our quest to be "current" culturally.

    I feel like there are elements to the Lords Supper that are meant to cause us to be reflective. We are to reflect on our hearts, what we are doing, what it means, what Christ did for us, and I am not sure that was accomplished when I hear folks leaving the service comparing the Lords table to that of the buffet table where they walk up and serve themselves.

    Again, I am not saying that this was wrong, as for me I did not really care for it but that does not make it wrong
     
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    I don't think it is anything i would object to...but at the same time i don't think this is a type of Lord's Supper rememberance i would actually practice with my congregation.
    I have led the Lord's supper in SBC churches where i had the congregants come to the front to receive the elements, it also allowed for them to spend time at the alter either before or after if necessary.
     
  5. Karen

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    Right way to do it or not, I don't think it is coming from a desire to be culturally relevant in most instances.
    I have seen this talked about on a number of Reformed sites that desire more of a "family" view of worship.
     
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    The Fathers led passover, so it may be refering back to the original passovers...

    That is interesting....
     
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    It's probably coming from the standpoint of the father being the spiritual authority and leader of the family. I think it's a really interesting idea!
     
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    I have seen it served that way several times.

    And, a multitude of other ways.
     
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    So what happens if there is only a single woman, a widow, a single girl, a young person with no family, a mother without a father, etc. Just asking.
     
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    We take it and administer it to ourselves, or join a family that we can accept it from.
     

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