Update on Our Communion Services on Sunday Nights
August 9, 2011 6 Comments
We have been having weekly communion services on Sunday nights and I wanted to share a few thoughts about how that has gone. The service consists of about 20 minutes of singing, a 7-10 minute devotional thought on a subject specific to communion and then talks around the table with groups of 8-10 where we take communion together and discuss the topic as groups.
We wanted to make the point that there is more to communion than how it is structured for 500 people on Sunday morning without saying that how we do it on Sunday is messed up. I think we did a good job explaining that. But we didn’t really get the buy in we had hoped. I don’t know if some people are still in the “Sunday night communion is only for those who missed it and I didn’t miss it, so why should I come and take it?” camp or what. It is hard to get people to change their thinking about something in such a short amount of time or to get momentum moving in a new or fresh direction. It takes time for people to understand it. Since we only do Sunday nights at the building three months a year I am afraid we don’t have time to turn the ship. We also have a problem with accoustics in our fellowship hall that makes it hard to hear. Every surface is hard and the ceiling is extremely high so you have to listen intently to the devo thought.
Now for the good part. I have had some really great communion with people that I would not known as well if we hadn’t taken this step. It has been a big part in helping two new people who have really had a rough life lately get connected and has led to a weekly Bible study with one guy who I didn’t really know before this but now am getting to know really well. I feel like Christ has been glorified and his sacrifice has been remembered, together. I am thankful to actually be able to commune with others during the Supper and not sit isolated in a room full of people. Last, our praising God in song has been amazing. The accoustics in our fellowship hall is terrible when someone is talking but amazing when we sing.
I am not sure if we will do this again next summer or if we will remove the devo and just sing through communion. What we may do is not have table discussions since it is so hard to hear but have two guys lead the bread and cup with some brief thoughts on those and sing through communion together. This is a work in progress and I wanted to give an update on it. I will eventually post the outlines for our table talks here on the blog when they are all completed.