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Lord's Day Liturgy

Communion-telic

Perhaps one way to think about our Lord’s Day worship is that our liturgy is Communion-telic but not Communion-centric. It is not all Communion all service, but the service points to the sacrament of Communion and blesses us by it.

The call to worship is a call to communion, not the ordinance proper, but still to divine fellowship. Our emphasis on the assembly means we are not isolated individuals, separated like markings on a ruler—close but never touching. Instead we’re pieces of a puzzle, meant to fit together and to make a bigger picture.

The confession of sin is a step toward communion, though again, not yet a physically step toward the Lord’s Table. What disrupts fellowship? Sin. When we confess our sin, it’s so we can walk in the light with Him, and with each other. Forgiveness includes deliverance from isolation and division.

All the various parts of the consecration move us closer to communion, in spirit and in truth, and in time. There’s back and forth, giving and receiving. God speaks to us in His Word, we speak to Him in our supplications. He provides food and light and comfort to us in His Word, we express our gratitude to Him in the offering.

Then we have our Communion meal. We all remember the Lord’s death (as He said to do, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) and we all proclaim it (as Paul said we do, 1 Corinthians 11:26) as we eat and drink together.

The shared peace with God and joy of the Lord is the telos, the acme of goodness. Our communion is the worship made complete. Communion is our eternal life, and until we have communion with no more need of faith, weekly communion by faith it strengthens our hearts to depart for our work in the peace that Christ has purchased.