The Lord’s supper (1 Cor. 11:20)

“When you meet together

In one place,

It is not really

To eat the Lord’s supper.”

Συνερχομένων οὖν ὑμῶν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ οὐκ ἔστιν κυριακὸν δεῖπνον φαγεῖν·

Paul said that when you meet together in one place (Συνερχομένων οὖν ὑμῶν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ), it is not really to eat the Lord’s supper (οὐκ ἔστιν κυριακὸν δεῖπνον φαγεῖν).  Paul pointed out that although they were meeting in one place, it really was not to eat the Lord’s Supper.  They should be coming together in unity, not disunity.  Paul seemed to chastise them.  Should they be partaking in the Eucharistic Lord’s Supper under these conditions?  Do you have disputes when you gather for the Lord’s Supper in your community church?

Christian Worship Practice

Sunday worship on the Sabbath is the key Christian ritual, with special emphasis on the Easter and Christmas ceremonies.  Sunday is the day of worship rather than Saturday because Sunday is the day of the Lord’s resurrection.  Thus, every Sunday is a little Easter celebration.  Worship centers on Bible readings and their interpretation with sermons and testimonials.  Prayers, hymns, chants and the Lord’s Supper, or the Eucharistic meal, remain a mainstay of most Christian worship services.  The various Christian symbolic actions or sacraments grow out of a Trinitarian baptism based on a belief in Jesus Christ.