Each Wednesday evening at Trinity College in Bristol, England, we observed Holy Communion. While walking down the old stone steps on the way to the chapel for that service, one of those discoveries began to unfold for me. It suddenly occurred to me to ask, “What are we doing?” I knew most of the theology of the sacrament, so what I was really asking was this: “What is it that I am supposed to be doing during the Communion Service?” I had been in Sunday School and Church all my life and yet I don’t recall ever having it explained to me. What does one do during the Communion Service? And what is its meaning?
Unfortunately, my ignorance is more typical than not. That which is supposed to be the high point of our worship and fellowship, and the clearest expression of unity in Christ, has been surrounded by conflict and shrouded in ignorance.