World Wide Desecration

Last month was the traditional observance of World Wide Communion. I wasn’t too excited about it this year. But then I’m usually not, because in most churches we desecrate the Lord’s Supper.

Let me give some examples. Recently I served communion at our church, where we believe in doing things “decently and in order.” All the elders were to meet fifteen minutes before the service to pray and prepare. Unfortunately, the service had been moved ahead ten minutes and no one had bothered to tell most of the elders. Instead of fifteen minutes, we had five. We rushed in and we rushed out ready (?) for the worship (?) service.

The notation beside my name on the Communion Roster (can you imagine the Lord with a Last Supper Roster—“Peter, you take the wine to the choir; Andrew, you get the bread to the balcony”) was 2W. That meant two wine trays (actually grape juice—we play it safe). My partner for the day was a retired naval officer. White-haired. Free-spirited. And innovative. At the last minute he decided he wouldn’t be a 1B (one bread) because to him it looked as if there would be plenty of bread for everyone.

After I picked up my 2W, I realized the problem. I stopped. I did everything I could but shout to indicate to the captain that he needed to get the bread or everyone in our section would partake of half a Lord’s Supper. But he went on his merry way. So in desperation, I also picked up his 1B and struggled through the service. People thought I was a juggler. They empathized with me, tried to help, and I made it through. But is that communion? Juggling 2W’s and 1B and “making it through”?

In my former church, no one juggled anything. It was too well organized. The elders marched almost in goose step. I wondered ...

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