23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Due to the current pandemic church gatherings are very limited. At the moment we cannot meet in the building at all here in Ireland. Yes, thanks to technology, we can still meet using an app or going to the church’s website. However, online service just isn’t the same, is it?
Beside handshakes and hugs and a chat over a cuppa, I’m thinking of the breaking of bread and drinking the cup together — sharing the LORD’s Supper? In some churches this usually happens every Sunday. Other churches might do this once or twice a month. Every church needs to decide about their way to continue (or not) to do this in remembrance of Christ.
Years ago, we attended an online church. Once a month we shared the LORD’s Supper. Whoever was in the chatroom told us when it was time to gather the elements. And so we would join our brothers and sisters who were (on site) in the church and eat the bread and drink the cup. We found nothing wrong with that.
Years later, attending a different, a local church, we’ve got to enjoy sharing the LORD’s Supper inside a church building again.
Comparing the two, of course, being there — on site — is very different! However, one of the reasons we attended an online church instead of a local church back then was because it was the only one “in sight” that was teaching the Word of God. So, I wonder if we can’t come together inside a building to share the LORD’s Supper, would it be possible to share it together online?