The Lord's Supper should be celebrated with joy, since in it we experience the presence of Christ, a reminder of the coming feast of the Lamb, and the fellowship of believers. It must be a festive meal, and should have a special place in the liturgy. This article also looks at the celebration of the Holy Communion in the early church and at the time of the Reformation.
What is the relationship between Word and sacraments in the worship service? This article explains that the sacraments confirm the Word, and thus should follow it. The author also gives some thought to the way in which the sacraments are administered.
In most Reformed and Presbyterian churches, the Lord's Supper is celebrated infrequently—usually four to six times a year. This article reflects on this practice and considers the benefit of a more frequent celebration.
This article considers various aspects of the Lord's Supper. As an institution of Christ, it is a meal of remembrance, proclaims the death of Christ, prompts expectation for the future, and is a communal meal. The article also considers the "Forms for Lord's Supper" as used by various churches in the Continental Reformed tradition. It ends with some discussion questions.
The practice of intinction is the dipping of the bread into the wine and then consuming both together at the Lord's Supper. This article makes the case why this practice should not be followed, in light of the instruction of the Lord Jesus.
Baptism should be a momentous experience for the family, for the person (when an adult or older child is baptized), and for the congregation, who are not just witnesses but participants in this sacrament. This article considers baptism as a celebration to be remembered.
This article looks at the reasons the Passover Feast was celebrated with unleavened bread. It draws implications for the church in its celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and considers whether it is proper to use bread or matzos.
What songs should accompany the celebration of the Lord's Supper? This article looks at the history of the celebration of the Lord's Supper before the Reformation and after the Reformation, with focus on the music accompanying the Lord's Supper. This article argues that songs of joy should resound during this time of the meal, and that liturgy must be structured accordingly.