I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve never understood why it is that people waiting on the Lord’s table assume everybody knows everything they’re doing.
I’ve seen this many times: those to serve the Lord’s supper meander up to the table, stand there for about three seconds. Then one takes the bread and starts praying. After the congregation is served, another does the same thing with the fruit-of-the-vine.
But not one of them ever says why they’re serving people the bread or the grape juice. I know why they do it like that. It’s because they do the same thing every Sunday and since no one ever suffers correction for doing it like that, they all do it the same way.
The problem is, if that’s truly the reason, doing everything the same way just to get it done violates the point of worship. Worship must have devotion. The very word “worship” in the New Testament, “proskuneo,” is a word that literally means, “to kiss the hand.” It is the act of bowing in humble adoration and dedication to God.
The apostle Paul wrote, “I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding,” (1 Corinthians 14:15 NKJV). Prayer and singing are acts of worship; therefore worship includes understanding what you’re doing.
So, why is it that people get up, go to the table and never explain why they’re doing what they’re doing? Because to them, it’s all about rote, mindless, expressionless work. Is that what worship is supposed to be? Of course, it isn’t. Is it right for us to offer God meaningless acts of automatic action? Of course, it isn’t.
So why are people doing it? Shouldn’t we explain what we’re doing and why? Someone might need to know!