The frequency with which we take the Lord's Supper is one to soberly consider, especially in light of our tendency to simply do what we have always done. One of the common questions we have been asked over the years since our launch has been, "Why does Redeemer only take communion once a month?" Our answer has always reflected a few different things. 1) Scripture does not explicitly prescribe the frequency with which we are to take it. 2) We take it monthly because we are commanded to do it often. The elders have been evaluating our practice with an eye to doing what is most biblical and beneficial to the body and have concluded a change would be best.
We are leading the church to observe the Lord's Supper weekly in light of the example of the New Testament church, the importance of all the essential elements of biblical worship, and the spiritual benefit it affords all who partake.
While Jesus simply commanded that we observe communion "often," the church in the book of Acts seemed to be sharing in it regularly on each Lord's Day.
In Acts 2 the early church devoted themselves to the Scripture, prayer, the communion of the saints, and the Lord's Supper (breaking of bread). These were frequent practices of the early church, and the church was known to be gathering most frequently on "the Lord's Day." Acts 20:7 is clarifying text for us because it reveals that the breaking of bread on the first day of the week was normative.
The example of the early church is directive to us as we make this move, yet I understand that there are lingering questions for some. "Won't taking the Lord's Supper every week rob us of its significance? Isn't there a risk of it becoming a superficial ritual?"
These are good questions. That we all value the Lord's Supper as something special, sacred really, warrants caution in making any changes. However, when we consider all the essential/biblical components of worship the Lord's Supper stands out as the only one we do not do weekly. The reading and preaching of the word, prayers, spiritual songs and hymns, the offering, etc. are all done weekly, and yet they do not lose their significance. The question ought to be, "Why don't we take the Lord's Supper weekly?" It is commanded to be observed by God's people frequently. It naturally belongs in the regular corporate worship of the church on the Lord's Day.
Of course, it is possible for communion to become an empty ritual. But this can happen in a church that observes it weekly, monthly, or quarterly. It depends on how it is handled. Merely tacking it onto the end of a service, or running through the motions, does rob us of its significance. But just as we have done for the past 7 years, the Lord's Supper is introduced, explained, and offered using various passages of Scripture emphasizing different aspects of Jesus' atoning work. Rather than trivializing it, we believe weekly observance will deepen our appreciation of the sacrament.
Additionally, some of our people who are out of town or sick on the monthly observance of the Lord's Supper may be waiting some time before they can join the fellowship at the table. Going weekly ensures that our people are all frequently joined together for this sacred tradition. Charles Spurgeon has strong words on the subject that we should hear.
While we do not believe it is sinful to only observe the Lord's Supper monthly, we are convinced it is better to do so weekly. And we believe greater grace is in store for us as we do this together in remembrance of our Savior.