Weekly Communion

After study and discussion the session has decided to serve the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day instead of just monthly. We will begin this the First Sunday of Advent, November 29th.
Although the New Testament doesn’t give explicit instructions as to how often the sacrament is to be observed, there is evidence from passages such as Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7, and 1 Corinthians 11:18-20 that weekly worship among the earliest Christians included the “breaking of bread” or the Lord’s Supper. Additionally, some of the earliest Christian writings outside of the Bible support this. Our own Westminster Confession of Faith understands that “the due administration and receiving of the sacraments” are part of “ordinary religious worship of God” (WCF 21.5) and our Book of Worship states, “The Session is responsible for determining the frequency of celebration of the Lord’s Supper. It is proper to observe it as often as each Lord’s Day, but it should be observed at least quarterly.” While weekly communion has not been the norm among Presbyterian congregations, it is not exclusively the practice of other denomination. John Calvin argued for it in the Institutes, “Thus it became the unvarying rule that no meeting of the church should take place without the Word, prayers, partaking of the Supper, and almsgiving. That this was the established order among the Corinthians also, we can safely infer from Paul [cf. 1 Cor 11.20].” and later, “… the Lord’s Table should have been spread at least once a week for the assembly of the Christians, and the promises declared in it should feed us spiritually.”
With these Biblical and historic reasons in mind we saw several benefits but primarily that the Gospel will be displayed clearly through the sacrament every Lord’s Day regardless of the focus of the sermon. The message that Christ died for His Church and is as assuredly given for you as the Bread and the Cup, and that you receive him in faith as simply as you eat and drink should be presented to us regularly.

Below are some studies to further help understand why we believe this will be healthy for our congregation:

Gainesville Presbyterian Church

Why Weekly Communion?

Three Arguments for Weekly Communion

A Biblical Case for Weekly Communion

 

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