Hannah loves Communion! She gets excited every time she sees that we are celebrating Communion. She practices Communion at home with some wooden bread she has in her toy kitchen. She has even stood up in Panera, taken her piece of bread, tore it, and declared “This is my body, broken for you.”
We have worship every night in Mars Hill, except one. On Friday, we invite everyone to share stories about where they have seen God working during the week and then we celebrate Communion by intinction. Hannah, of course, was one of the first people in line, so I went through the line with her. Then she went back and got in line with Heather. Then she wanted to get back in line! Of course we didn’t let her, twice was more than enough! Some people may look down on her for that!
Then I got to thinking. What is wrong with Hannah (or anyone) wanting to take Communion more often? Communion can have many different theologically sound meanings. For some, Communion is about the joining in the fellowship of believers and experiencing the presence of Jesus Christ. For some, it is remembering Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. For others, it is a visible sign of God’s invisible grace.
Who wouldn’t want these things? Who wouldn’t want as much fellowship of believers? Who wouldn’t want to experience the presence of Christ as much as possible? Who doesn’t want to remember Christ’s enduring love and sacrifice? Who doesn’t want more grace?
I sincerely doubt that Hannah had any of these things in mind, when she got in line again. She was probably thinking about how much she enjoys bread and grape juice. There is a lesson in this, too. Often our minds are elsewhere when we take Communion. Next time we gather around the Lord’s table, we should be thinking about what it means to us.
1 Corinthians 10:16 “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?”