The session recently approved my proposal that we partake of the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month. I hope this proves to be helpful for you. Let me explain.
I think most of us understand that the key to our relationship with the Lord is hearing, believing, and obeying his Word. We hear this word in the Bible, in sermons, and in prayers and hymns.
The Bible read, preached, and prayed is sometimes called ‘the invisible Word.’ This is in contrast to ‘the visible Word’ of the Lord’s Supper which, in addition to being heard, is also seen in the drama of the Lord’s Supper. The visible Word involves the objects of bread and wine, and the actions of distributing, receiving, eating, drinking, and thanking the Lord.
So, what is the advantage of the visible word? Since we are human, and not pure spirit, it helps us to have physical things represent to us spiritual realities. When we eat the bread and drink the cup, the bread and wine represent the spiritual reality of our union with Christ and one another. When we partake, our action of partaking represents our actual faith in Christ and his promises.
When the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is concluded we can assure ourselves that we have believed and shared in Christ because we partook of the elements that represent his gift and our faith this to our eyes, our taste, and our touch. We walk away fed by the promises and guarantees of our covenant relationship with God.
Finally, we did not invent this ceremony or its benefit, but it is the gift of Jesus Christ. So, let’s see how it goes for us, if we partake of it every month instead of once every three months.
Every blessing in Christ to you!