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We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:18 am
by Winton
Today, we messed up serving communion.

Logistically, our pastor plays the piano / leads singing while the leaders pass the trays with the bread and wine. Once we got back to the front of the church, we realized we passed out the cups before we passed out the bread. Pastor just announced we will serve the bread now and then we will partake in the correct order.

Maybe we just didn't have enough experience to do it right. The four of us together only had between 150-200 years church attendance to guide us.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:32 am
by Rooster
Winton wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:18 am
Today, we messed up serving communion.

Logistically, our pastor plays the piano / leads singing while the leaders pass the trays with the bread and wine. Once we got back to the front of the church, we realized we passed out the cups before we passed out the bread. Pastor just announced we will serve the bread now and then we will partake in the correct order.

Maybe we just didn't have enough experience to do it right. The four of us together only had between 150-200 years church attendance to guide us.
Doesn't sound like transubstantiation took place so I'm sure you're good. :wavey:

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:01 pm
by sweetandsour
At least y'all had communion.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:30 pm
by hugodrax
I'm very proud of everyone.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:56 pm
by wosbald
+JMJ+
hugodrax wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:30 pm
I'm very proud of everyone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqLGAtvnMLU

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:46 pm
by JudgeRusty
Visited a church once where they passed out the elements together, the pastor blessed it and basically motioned as if to say "have at it."
It was weird but I performed the service I was accustomed to in my mind and now I recall that one as particularly memorable.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:42 pm
by joegoat
JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:46 pm
Visited a church once where they passed out the elements together, the pastor blessed it and basically motioned as if to say "have at it."
It was weird but I performed the service I was accustomed to in my mind and now I recall that one as particularly memorable.
Sounds like a Baptist joint to me. I don't miss the Baptist services I grew up with. I do however, miss very much the Anglican services I started attending once out on my own. Now I work on Sundays and I find myself at what I deem to be a "post modern pentecostal" church. The reasons are a long story. It's not my cup of tea, but the ass knows how to sift hay from stubble. I do have to shake my head sometimes though.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:19 am
by JudgeRusty
joegoat wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:42 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:46 pm
Visited a church once where they passed out the elements together, the pastor blessed it and basically motioned as if to say "have at it."
It was weird but I performed the service I was accustomed to in my mind and now I recall that one as particularly memorable.
Sounds like a Baptist joint to me. I don't miss the Baptist services I grew up with. I do however, miss very much the Anglican services I started attending once out on my own. Now I work on Sundays and I find myself at what I deem to be a "post modern pentecostal" church. The reasons are a long story. It's not my cup of tea, but the ass knows how to sift hay from stubble. I do have to shake my head sometimes though.
It wasn't, even tho I am. I left that part out of the story to keep it from being the emphasis. I read the OP as being respectful of the sacrament, but realizing ultimately it is a personal experience for each partaking in the service, even if something human goes awry.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:19 am
by Bloodhound
When I was a teen (17 I think), our youth group went camping in the mountains outside of Silverton. The youth group leader had planned a sermon and we got up at dawn on Sunday and sat in a small circle on the side of the mountain. The church observed communion every Sunday, and when we got to the end of the service we wanted to have communion...but the youth leader and his wife hadn't planned for that. We dug around and found orange juice and saltine crackers...We had communion at 11,000ft...it wasn't traditional, but I still remember almost every moment of that communion, and that was 30 some years ago.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:50 pm
by Winton
We are not Baptist, but close. Everyone involved is respectful of communion, but something accidental happened.

The pastor said, "Guys, since everything has been passed out, go sit with your wives, and then we can have communion."

I also remember a communion time in the mountains. I was in college and really needed a break from normal activity.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:45 am
by joegoat
I think I may have come across as hard on Baptists. I meant what I said tongue-in-cheek and I hope no offense was taken. I sincerely apologize.
In my view, the way we practice The Eucharist is a personal preference. The first observance of this sacred meal was led by The Christ Himself and that really sets it on a level all of it's own. The church I grew up in did communion four times a year and it was always stuck on the service right at the end after the pastor had already been long winded. Looking back, it was always rushed. I much prefer the way the more orthodox denominations practice The Eucharist. It's the whole reason for the service and it is the very pinnacle. I hope to get back to that soon!

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:41 am
by Cleon
joegoat wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:45 am
I think I may have come across as hard on Baptists. I meant what I said tongue-in-cheek and I hope no offense was taken. I sincerely apologize.
In my view, the way we practice The Eucharist is a personal preference. The first observance of this sacred meal was led by The Christ Himself and that really sets it on a level all of it's own. The church I grew up in did communion four times a year and it was always stuck on the service right at the end after the pastor had already been long winded. Looking back, it was always rushed. I much prefer the way the more orthodox denominations practice The Eucharist. It's the whole reason for the service and it is the very pinnacle. I hope to get back to that soon!
I hope you can get back soon too.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:41 am
by tuttle
Growing up baptist, it's been a growing desire of mine to see the Lord's Table renewed in the midst of so many anemic/barren congregations/denominations.

Renew the Table

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:49 am
by Del
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:41 am
Growing up baptist, it's been a growing desire of mine to see the Lord's Table renewed in the midst of so many anemic/barren congregations/denominations.

Renew the Table
It's not really a table. It's an Altar.

It's not really a meal. It's a Sacrifice, a new Passover.

It's not just a communion. It's a Thanksgiving, for we have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

It's NOT merely a remembrance. It is being present at Christ's Crucifixion and the Resurrection.

And when we are called to the Altar to receive Jesus, we really do.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:32 pm
by tuttle
Del wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:49 am
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:41 am
Growing up baptist, it's been a growing desire of mine to see the Lord's Table renewed in the midst of so many anemic/barren congregations/denominations.

Renew the Table
It's not really a table. It's an Altar.

It's not really a meal. It's a Sacrifice ...[relocated snippet]...

It's merely a remembrance. It is being present at Christ's Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
Praise God for the Reformation, then. 500 years and still going, not for nuthin.
Del wrote:It's not just a communion. It's a Thanksgiving, for we have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

...

And when we are called to the Altar Table to receive Jesus, we really do.
Amen.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:29 pm
by Del
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:32 pm
Del wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:49 am
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:41 am
Growing up baptist, it's been a growing desire of mine to see the Lord's Table renewed in the midst of so many anemic/barren congregations/denominations.

Renew the Table
It's not really a table. It's an Altar.

It's not really a meal. It's a Sacrifice ...[relocated snippet]...

It's [NOT] merely a remembrance. It is being present at Christ's Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
Praise God for the Reformation, then. 500 years and still going, not for nuthin.
Del wrote:It's not just a communion. It's a Thanksgiving, for we have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

...

And when we are called to the Altar Table to receive Jesus, we really do.
Amen.
I meant "it's NOT merely a remembrance." Had to correct my post.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:54 am
by tuttle
Del wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:29 pm
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:32 pm
Del wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:49 am
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:41 am
Growing up baptist, it's been a growing desire of mine to see the Lord's Table renewed in the midst of so many anemic/barren congregations/denominations.

Renew the Table
It's not really a table. It's an Altar.

It's not really a meal. It's a Sacrifice ...[relocated snippet]...

It's [NOT] merely a remembrance. It is being present at Christ's Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
Praise God for the Reformation, then. 500 years and still going, not for nuthin.
Del wrote:It's not just a communion. It's a Thanksgiving, for we have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

...

And when we are called to the Altar Table to receive Jesus, we really do.
Amen.
I meant "it's NOT merely a remembrance." Had to correct my post.
Well then Amen to that as well!

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:43 am
by Cleon
IMO, one of the biggest wrongs we have here in the west is unnecessarily withholding communion from baptized children. That's doing it wrong.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:34 am
by Del
Cleon wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:43 am
IMO, one of the biggest wrongs we have here in the west is unnecessarily withholding communion from baptized children. That's doing it wrong.
I don't know how your discipline is explained to you. I would like to hear it.

In Catholic practice:
- Baptism is the moment in which Christ accepts the Child, so it is suitable to baptize infants.
- The Eucharist is the Christian's decision to accept Christ, and all that that entails. So it is important for the child to understand what he is doing.
- Receiving the Holy Spirit at Confirmation marks the Christian's mission to be a soldier for Christ, a member of the Church Militant. This requires a certain level of adult maturity.

The Orthodox have a different discipline, in which all three sacraments are given to infants.

The Eastern and Western Churches agree on what is actually happening:
- In Baptism, one is reborn into Christ and His Kingdom.
- In the Eucharist, one receives Christ and is received by Christ.
- In Confirmation, one receives the Holy Spirit.

We can have different disciplines about when these sacraments are best given to young Christians.

Re: We did communion wrong today.

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:36 am
by Del
tuttle wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:54 am
Del wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:29 pm
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:32 pm
Del wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:49 am
tuttle wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:41 am
Growing up baptist, it's been a growing desire of mine to see the Lord's Table renewed in the midst of so many anemic/barren congregations/denominations.

Renew the Table
It's not really a table. It's an Altar.

It's not really a meal. It's a Sacrifice ...[relocated snippet]...

It's [NOT] merely a remembrance. It is being present at Christ's Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
Praise God for the Reformation, then. 500 years and still going, not for nuthin.
Del wrote:It's not just a communion. It's a Thanksgiving, for we have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

...

And when we are called to the Altar Table to receive Jesus, we really do.
Amen.
I meant "it's NOT merely a remembrance." Had to correct my post.
Well then Amen to that as well!
I have always appreciated how the Presbyterians (and some other Calvinists of strict observance) still understand that there are such a thing as "Sacraments."