A Commentary on the Service for the Lord’s Day

Excerpted from The Service for the Lord’s Day: Supplemental Liturgical Resources.

See related pages: Service for the Lord’s Day, Presbyterian Worship

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  1. Happily, more and more Presbyterian congregations are taking the risk and experimenting with weekly Eucharist. The church I serve, North Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, has been doing it since Lent 2014. At this point, even the ruling elder who was most resistant to the idea at first has come around and sees weekly Eucharist as "distinctive." When the question came up about returning to less frequent celebration , that same ruling elder was the first to speak up in defense of the weekly practice. I love watching the Holy Spirit work in people's lives!

    by J. Barrett Lee

    December 9, 2015

  2. Dear Mr. Wenacur, The Formula of Agreement (http://www.pcusa.org/media/uploads/oga/pdf/formula.pdf) speaks of places of agreement and of differences in our practices of the Lord's Supper, but as far as I can tell, frequency of communion is not mentioned in the agreement. And although the ELCA says that communion should be celebrated weekly, it has only been recently that monthly celebration ceased to be the most frequent pattern (http://www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Worship/Learning-Center/FAQs/Communion-Frequency.aspx). There is a movement toward more frequent celebration in the PCUSA (http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/worship/weekly-eucharist/), but we are not as far along as the ELCA in that regard. Charles

    by Charles Wiley

    PC(USA) Staff

    August 5, 2013

  3. Greetings! I'm a Lutheran (ELCA) and we are in Full Communion with PCUSA. I still do not understand why Presbyterians don't receive Holy Communion every Sunday as we do. If we are in Full Communion, why do you still receive Communion once a month? In Christ

    by Mitch Wenacur

    August 5, 2013

  4. Glad you found it, and hope it's useful for your presbytery workshop. Blessings in Christ.

    by David Gambrell

    April 2, 2011

  5. I am so glad this is online. I am leading a workshop on worship for my presbytery and you saved me alot of time. Thank you whoever you are, who put this document on the pcusa.org website for me to find it. God bless you!!!! Beth Hoskins First Presbyterian, Woodruff, SC

    by Rev. Beth Hoskins

    April 1, 2011