We recently moved to weekly Communion on Sunday mornings. The two best reasons I have ever heard for not doing it weekly:
- It will become less special
- In order to really guard the Table, we should do it less
Regarding number 1, is there really anything else that we treat like that? Regarding number 2, is there really anything else we treat like that? For both, I think the answer is to just do it well every time. I try to kiss my wife goodbye everyday when I go to work. As long as I really mean it, I think it is a valid kiss. And even sometimes when my mind is not as fully there as it should be, it is still a good thing.
To those I will add one more possible reason for not doing it weekly: in Calvin’s Geneva, the civil government did not allow it. Ok, maybe in that case, that is a good reason to not do it weekly.
Outside of that, there are a lot of reasons to do it every time the church gathers for worship on the Lord’s Day:
- It appears to be the NT pattern (Acts 2.42, Acts 20.7)
- As often as you do it, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes (1 Cor 11.26). I repeat, as often as you do it, you proclaim the death of Christ!
- It forces Christians to examine themselves every week
- It helps non-Christians in attendance see who the Body of Christ is, and understand they are not a part of it yet
- It is the central benefit to church membership- anyone under the discipline of a church should be barred from the Lord’s Table; taking the Lord’s Supper once a month is like barring everyone three times a month
I could go on and on. It really comes down to what you think “this is my body” and “this is my blood” really means. Unless you say “I think Jesus meant this is not his body and blood,” I think you always give up a good thing if you do not practice it on any given Sunday.