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Content about Lord's Supper (Liturgy)

June 1, 2008

When my now-grown sons were young, we took a lot of car trips. On one particularly long journey, after we’d exhausted the usual repertoire of the license plate hunt, Riddly Riddly Ree, and Twenty Questions, the boys came up with a game of their own. They made two signs on pieces of drawing paper. One sign said “Hello!” That one went in the front passenger window. The second said “How is your day going?” The boys held that one up in the back passenger window. It then became my job to pass as many cars as possible.

June 1, 2008

Q What should we call the sacrament of the Lord’s table: the Lord’s Supper, Communion, or Eucharist?

A Each of these names is theologically and pastorally significant.

“The Lord’s Supper” conveys that Jesus is the host of this meal and we celebrate the sacrament because of his command.

June 1, 2008

One of my favorite churches is the beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California. While this church has many striking and meaningful features, I especially love the majestic earth-toned tapestries hung along each side of the nave.

June 1, 2008

Throughout Scripture, God reveals his table grace to us. We are given a feast of themes and images to interpret the Lord’s Supper. Poets and musicians have highlighted these biblical themes and images in their songs. You’ll find some of them listed below, along with songs that accentuate them. Use these songs to surround the Table with music that proclaims the grace of God and deepens our participation in the Lord’s Supper.

June 1, 2008

As I was walking on campus, I was stopped by a student who wanted to know if she could ask me a question.

“Sure, shoot,” I said.

With a searching tone, she asked, “Why don’t you offer an altar call every week?”

December 1, 2007

The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.

December 4, 2004

Our worship planning team wanted to create a Maundy Thursday worship service that would provide historical and cultural context to Christ’s final hours before his crucifixion and offer an opportunity for the congregation to experience the symbols in a fresh way. I was challenged by our team to develop a vigil with a celebration of the Lord’s Supper as the centerpiece. In preparation, I immersed myself in the Passion narratives, commentaries, and historical accounts.

June 1, 1998

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

December 1, 1991

What is "The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving," and what does it have to do with Reformed worship?

September 1, 1990
Using texts from Handel's Messiah in an Advent communion service


The Opening

The Lord whom you seek shall suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight; behold, he is coming, rejoice greatly, shout in triumph.

Our king is coming. He is the righteous Savior, He shall speak peace unto the nations.
(Malachi 3:1; Zech. 9:9-10)

March 1, 1990

Prelude (a time to prepare for worship with prayer)

Words of Welcome

Calling on God (from Psalm 104)

May the love of God the Father, the
grace of the Son, and the fellowship
born of the Spirit be among you all.
Que el amor de Dios el Padre, la gracia
del Hip, y la comunidn del Espiritu
permanezcan con todos ustedes.

March 1, 1990
>Dear RW,

During the last few years my congregation and I have been learning together about the Lord's Supper. It all started one day when I was studying Luke's account of the Last Supper and compared it with Paul's teaching in 1 Corinthians 11.1 was struck by how rich the Scripture's teaching about the Supper really is.

September 1, 1988

If your holiday liturgy is a string of special numbers and exciting extras, your congregation may be missing the true communion of Christmas.

My first congregation was a small and struggling Reformed Church in a sagging, central-Jersey factory town. Our average attendance was no more than fifty, and we didn't have a choir because we couldn't afford a choir director. But in spite of our humble circumstances, the five Christmases I worshiped there were the best Christmases of my life.