...What a blessing we have to be able to worship God together each Lord's Day morning. On behalf of the elders, I wanted to make you aware of a change that will occur in our weekly services beginning this month. Currently, we observe the Lord's Table/Communion together once a month. Beginning this Sunday, we will begin to observe the Lord's Supper two times per month (usually on the second and fourth Sundays of the month). We are excited about this increase, and we look forward to how the Lord will use it in our body. There are several reasons for this change, and I wanted to share a few of them with you along with my personal thoughts:Why the Increase?
"The supper of the Lord Jesus was instituted by him the same night wherein he was betrayed, to be observed in his churches, unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance, and shewing forth the sacrifice of himself in his death, confirmation of the faith of believers in all the benefits thereof, their spiritual nourishment, and growth in him, their further engagement in, and to all duties which they owe to him; and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with him, and with each other."
"Liturgy" is simply a word that means "order". Every church has a order of worship. Many mix this word with modern conceptions of "liturgical churches" and assume it includes incense, or ritualistic trappings. However, the word simply means order, and no matter the church, there is an order, or flow of service. We are increasingly seeking to see our worship services be a time of singing the Word, reading the Word, praying the Word, hearing the Word preached, being blessed in the Word through benediction, and seeing the Word proclaimed through Baptism and Lord's Supper. So when we say "liturgy" together, we simply mean the flow or order of the gospel proclamation we observe as we meet together. A helpful resource on this is: Bryan Chapell's Book "Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape our Practice" http://www.amazon.com/Christ-C