I’ve been reading a book by Robert Webber called Ancient-Future Worship. It’s not light reading, but it’s worth it. In it he argues that the modern evangelical church has lost something in its current expression of worship. (I know, I know. Quick! Get the worms back in the can). Among other things, he claims that many Christians have lost the connection of communion to what he calls the “whole story” of God (i.e. creation, incarnation, re-creation).
He tells a story of giving a lecture on the significance of communion and its practice throughout Church history. A pastor later approached and said:
“I love what you had to say. We do communion on New Year’s Eve, but I don’t think my people would tolerate it more often than that. Could you suggest an alternative that would have the same effect?” This response is tantamount to saying, “I preach from the Bible once a year, but I don’t think my people would tolerate it more often. Can you suggest an alternative?” Jesus said there is a way to remember me — it is bread and wine. Why don’t we follow the clear teaching of Jesus?
Question: What do you think? Are Webber’s comments too strong? Have we lost the importance of communion? How often do you practice it at your church? How do you incorporate it with the rest of your service?
View a listing of songs appropriate for communion at LifeWayWorship.com