Beginning on June 5th, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month. This is a result of the Session formally approving one element of my Koinonia Proposal

Our Book of Order says that the Lord’s Supper should be observed as often as every Lord’s Day (following the practices of the apostles and the Church universal until the 16th Century) but in lieu of this the sacrament should be celebrated often enough that it is seen as central to the worship of the people of God.

Adhering to Presbyterian polity is not why I’ve advocated this change. Biblical witness has motivated me over the course of my ministry to examine my own spiritual life and the spiritual formation of those under my pastoral care. I am a Minister of Word and Sacrament but, to be honest, in most churches I’ve only fulfilled half of my ordination. Preaching is expected every Sunday but the Sacrament... not so much. Something has been missing and I have grieved over that missing element of my ministry and how the people I care for might be cheated, too. 

The Lord’s Supper is the one place we come into communion with the Risen Christ. Our spiritual fellowship (koinonia in the Greek of the New Testament) at the Table connects us with the love of God in Christ. In our tradition, the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a “means of grace.” For those with faith, it is literally experiencing the love of God. According to Luke, when the Risen Lord was at table with the disciples he took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them. THEN their eyes were opened and they recognized him. The early church began a celebration of what we now call the Lord’s Supper on every Lord’s Day (Sunday) because they wanted to be closer to Christ.

I was at a meeting recently at which a retired minister spoke to the group about his faith. Revered by many as a scholar and professor of the New Testament at a local college, he is nonetheless a quiet and reserved man. But when he spoke about partaking of the Lord’s Supper his face lit up and his whole body seemed to glow... like when Moses met God. Sadly, he attends an Episcopalian church because he can’t find a Presbyterian church who celebrates the sacrament frequently. He wants to experience God’s love in the sacrament and he wants the fellowship of the church at the Table. He used the word koinonia about his desire to be in communion with Christ.

Join me at the Lord’s Table on the first Sunday of the month and “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34.8).