Communion for two

March 29, 2009

in Shared walk

Have you ever done the Lord’s supper at home, just you and your bride? Paul told us that “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” (1Co 11:26 ) So why not remember Him together as a couple as well as corporately?

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Eleutheros
Eleutheros

Communion is a rememberance of the sacrifice made by Jesus on our behalf. There is deep symbolism in the bread and wine, but there is nothing 'magical' about it that requires someone trained, or even ordained, to administer it. Historically speaking, the concept that communion is a 'sacred act' that must be administered by a professional is a medieval idea concocted by The Universal Church to give them something to 'sell' to the people as well as to gain some measure of power over them. In fact, on the humourous side, it is believed that the origin of our word 'Hocus-pocus', a verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way, is from an alteration of Latin hoc est corpus (meum), "...this is (my) body" which were words used in the Eucharist at the time of transubstantiation- which concept was rejected by the rebel Protestants exactly for the reason that communionm had become nothing more than a slight-of-hand trick The Universal Church used to keep the population beholden to them. And they were right to do so because there is nothing that requires an ordained authority to administer it- for there is nothing 'magical' about communion, beyond what the deep symbolism inspires in us who believe. We used to celebrate Shabbot, the Jewish sabbath and there is a wonderful ceremony that is performed as the sun goes down called Havdalah. I saw a close semblance between it and the concept of communion, especially with the snuffing of the tri-candle in a dish of wine and so I rewrote the traditional service and turned Havdalalh into a weekly communion that I 'administerd' to my family. It was always an emotional time for me because of the power *I* invested into it to remind me of what it took to procure my freedom from sin. My childen just argued over who's turn it was to snuff the candle. :) I'm sure there are many, though, who will disagree with me on this, especially among the church's authority. To them I say, simply, "As you wish!" You are not 'wrong' nor am I 'right'. For we are both manumitted from sin, through the truth, to follow Jesus, both traditionally and non-traditionally with the truly important thing being that we maintain the clean conscience provided for us by that sacrifice and stop sinning which ability was also provided for us by that same sacrifice. Be good, then. It is what you were created to be!

The Generous Husband
The Generous Husband

Andrew - I do understand the concern. I received a couple of e-mails about this, and/or the"requirement:" that an ordained individual do communion. But what does "the church" mean? What comes to mind for most of us has no resemblance to what the first century followers meant by that word. The Greek word, in it's broadest scene, is "an assembly of the people". How many people? I would go with "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." [Mt 18:20 NKJV] I don't want to put anyone at odds with the denomination they are a part of, but from a strictly biblical stand I see no problem with any two or more followers of Jesus doing what He and Paul both told us to do in remembrance of Him. Paul

ABAR
ABAR

Hey Paul, A note of concern on that last post. If you look at the instances of the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament it always seems to occur in a community/church setting. This matches up with what Paul says in I Cor 10:16-17 when he rhetorically states that the church shares/participates in the body and blood of Christ. In that case, the Lord’s Supper should be limited to a church body. I understand your good intentions, but I’m concerned that when you encourage couples to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together, they are actually doing so in exclusion to the rest of the body and using the Supper in a way different than our Lord dictated. Blessings in Christ, Andrew

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