Worthy To Take The Lord's Supper?

This was on the 9Marks blog today...with a thought at the end.


A quote from Calvin's Institutes, found in the December 2010 edition of the Banner of Truth magazine, on our worthiness to take the Lord's Supper:


Therefore, this is the worthiness – the best and only kind we can bring to God – to offer our vileness (and so to speak) our unworthiness to Him so that we might be lifted up by  Him; to accuse ourselves so that we may be justified by Him; moreover, to aspire to that unity which he commends to us in His Supper; and, as He makes all of us one in Himself, to desire one soul, one heart, one tongue for all… How could we, needy and bare of all good, befouled with sins, half-dead, eat the Lord’s body worthily? Rather, we shall think that we, as being poor, come to a kindly giver; as sick, to a physician; as sinners, to the Author of righteousness; finally, as dead, to Him who gives us life. We shall think that the worthiness, which is commended by God, consists chiefly in faith, which reposes all things in Christ, but nothing in ourselves.

Is sitting in a pew, staring at the back of someone's head, eating a tiny piece of a cracker and sipping from a tiny flask taking the Lord's Supper in a worthy manner? Is this practice what Jesus had in mind when He said "do this in remembrance of me?" Think about it.


At the Church of Charlottsville we celebrate the Lord's Supper as commanded and demonstrated by breaking bread together on the "first day of the week" (every week) as part of fellowship/communal meal. This is the main reason why the church is to gather on Sunday's.