With the plethora of religions and denominations in the world, I suppose that the "Church of the Communion" was inevitable. As its name suggests, this church focuses exclusively on the Lord's Supper. In fact, that is the ONLY act of worship practiced in the "Church of the Communion". Attendees are rarely late, because, if you miss communion, you miss everything.
Active members of the "Church of the Communion" cite several reasons for attending. First and foremost, services are short and sweet. While services at some churches tie up half a day, a service at the "Church of the Communion" requires only about as much time as a coffee break. Attendees also claim that the Lord's Supper is the only vital act of worship, anyway. They maintain that other acts of worship, such as singing, giving, praying and hearing God’s word are “elective”. So why waste time with the "preliminaries" when the "Church of the Communion" focuses exclusively on the "main event".
Before continuing, I confess that the "Church of the Communion" does not yet exist to my knowledge (although a “Communion Church”exists in England). The reason I fabricated such a church is because I fear that many “so-called Christians” might eagerly attend one. Tragically, this might include some from the Lord's church.
I say this because I have known of members that habitually leave services at the conclusion of communion. (I’m not referring to those who are compelled to leave because of work, illness or emergencies.) It seems as if these individuals consider the Lord's Supper to be the “main event” of worship, and that the other acts are optional. I believe that such an attitude is not only unscriptural, but demonstrates impertinence towards God and His word.
While the communion service is important, nothing in the Bible indicates that singing, praying, giving and listening to God's word are “elective” or secondary. Worship is not a matter of doing the least possible for God; it is giving God our very best!
“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” (Acts 20:7) Other than a young lad falling asleep, there is no indication that anyone left early.
Jesus, Always Jesus!