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Communion In My House

When my children were really small and my husband was out preaching far and wide I used to hold a service just for us in the house (because church was too far for little ones to walk) and sometimes I would take communion myself. Looking back I wonder if that was right or wrong. Any thoughts?

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Good fruit, wherever 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name there am I in the middle of them. The Lord's Supper is for all who will come and partake. I know that you are old enough to know that when you let your Christian light genuinely shine, then the envious ones outside of Christ will bear false witness against you. You just keep letting your light shine, and if you meet your disapprovers again, tell them Eloy said: You need to repent from your sin, else you will remain separated from God.
---Eloy on 5/1/08

Jody::While your intention may be good it is also misguided as it does not conform to his word.JN6as you appoint yourself to be His successor.Are you.?
---Emcee on 4/30/08

It is right. Any believer can take communion at any time and is suppose to do it in REMEMBERANCE of Jesus Christ.
---jody on 4/29/08

ALL:: JN6 starts by telling us how Jesus fed the 5000 gave then sustenance for the body,feeding them with5loaves and 2 fishes. then goes on to how us the imposible feat of walking on water, and lastly tells us in verse 27 about food for eternal life.This is what we talk about in this post the power to make this conversion lies in His church through his appointed people who serve Him.Verse 41-52 shows the un believers. Do you think some of those people exist today?You want this Jesus in Matt16:17-19
---Emcee on 4/29/08

In what possible sense would it be wrong?
---Bruce5656 on 4/29/08

Maam, I take my hat off to you, for leading your family in prayer and communion, truly you are a child of God, not because of what man has done, but because you had faith to be found in Him, that is what communion is all about, to many theologians here and not enough encouragement to keep pressing on into The Lord, pray to The Lord for Him to cause you to hunt me out, because I have lots more that you can learn and move faster forward.
---Stephen on 3/11/07

Emcee - Nobody sins by having communion at home. True Christian communion is nothing like you have at your church. True Christian communion usually consists of bread and grape juice. The bread is crushed between one's fingers in remembrance of Jesus' broken body on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 3/9/07

True communion is communication, but there can't be communitcation without some sort of community. Communion is a shared meal. it is eaten in community, with others, so we can encourage and proclaim Christ. and so Christ can encourage and strengthen us. Every meal we share with others is a form of communion. But it is community, why else do you practice the meal at church?
---Jared on 3/8/07

Helen:::"If you felt at the time it was right then it is right"so what you are saying is Its ok to sin kill abuse ETC ETC is ok Really.
---Emcee on 3/8/07

If you felt at the time that it was right, then it was right.
---Helen_5378 on 3/7/07

Teresa. Yes that is great. Wherever two or more are gathered, I love it too. Basically it only takes two. But don't wait for another person to get started.
Re 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
---jhonny on 3/7/07

amen! that's great, where 2 or more are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst!
---teresa on 3/7/07

Jared:: That is the Christian Belief But not advocated by Catholics as the semblance is totally different However each one is entitled to his own interpretation of the word,but it is your word not Gods word.Sorry to disagree.& no cause for extensive discussion.Just my teaching & upbringing.
---Emcee on 3/7/07

Communion is not community, it is communicating. Community has nothing to do with it. The disciples went from house to house. Communion is between Jesus and the person. If there is one or a thousand each person taking communion is communing with Jesus. There is no Scriptural proof that it has to be done in a congregation or by an official.
---john on 3/7/07

it can't be wrong in Gods eyes for someone who lets say was a POW for 5 yrs and their
belief in God was what kept them going and they worshipped God by taking communion alone. I think God looks on the heart, and
knows all about our reasons for whatever we do. You certainly did nothing wrong by honoring God with cummunion.
---jim on 3/7/07

I feel you were right on target. Communion can be taken in our own homes by ourselves before the Lord. I have done it at home. I use the grape juice and crackers. I read the scripture and do the same thing the pastor does when we take Communion at church. You can pray, sing songs and just have wonderful time right at home. Sometimes we don't get what we need in these churches. I did it because my church only does Communion once a year. I need Communion more than that. I dont feel so frustrated anymore.
---robyn on 3/7/07

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Beautiful Paulette. The problem: You are bypassing the liturgical operation of the priesthood, the magisterium, and the authority of the "one man at the top" church system. There was hundreds of years of killings on this issue. John said. 27 "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
---jhonny on 3/7/07

We are the church. Since we have a "personal relationship" then I feel it's o.k. to have a personal time of communion with Him. As long as we do this in remembrance of him that is all that is required.
---Yolanda on 3/7/07

First Corinthians 11:25 reads like this in my bible," After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." It says nothing about do it every time you meet.
---Mime on 3/7/07

You are right. The Bible says do this in remberance of me. It doesn't say do this in church or do this in home. Jesus just wants us to do it in rememberance of Him. He wants us to do it often. I don't know why most churches do it the first Sunday of the new month, but I don't think it is bibical.
---Lloyd on 3/7/07

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Communion should be done in community. it is a sign of the strengthening power of God in our lives. We can't do it on our own we need others around us to lift us up and to encourage us. In this instance you were ministering to your children and it was a small community. it wasn't wrong. But You need to broaden your community as well and reach out to others. if you don't do that then your communion will falter because you aren't serving those around you. you are getting content where you are.
---Jared on 3/7/07

Steveng, some of your beliefs are a religion unto themselves. Picking, choosing, pruning, some stern admonishments and a few garnishments for added flavor. A dash and a splash, a smack in the head for whiplash. All in all, not bad, I guess.
---Dottie on 3/7/07

Steveng--- Believers won't stone you, Rest for sure God will. We will leave it up to Him to stone you.
---catherine on 3/7/07

Communion is Biblical in fact it was Jesus himself who said, at the last supper, 1Cor 11:23-26 "do this in remembrance of Me each time you gather" wasn't it? But, to take it in an unworthy manner is to sin against the Body and the Blood of the Lord v-27. What Christian church doesn't have communion as part of its devotion?
---marya3575 on 3/7/07

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Steveng .."What did Jesus REALLY mean in John6:53-54?"
Well, what did He mean?
Please tell is!
---alan_8869_of_UK on 3/7/07

I am in a similar situation. I don't have a permanent church at the moment but my Pastor do a house service every Sunday, and every Ist Sunday of every month we have a Communion Service as the early Christians did in I Cor 23-26. There's nothing wrong with that as it says in the Bible. Susan4739
---Susan_Goddard on 3/7/07

John 6:53-54 - Jesus is the bread of life. The food of our soul.

Communion doesn't have to be a ritual. A good fellowship and eating together after praying and thanking the meals is a form of communion. The early followers of Jesus Christ, they eat meals together, pray together in harmony and with love.
What is important, there is forgiveness, reconciliation and repentance among the members.

Communion is not RCC tradition. It is biblical and practiced among the early believers.
---agnea on 3/7/07

To Steveng: Why would you discount the scriptures just because Catholics have a tradition? Jesus said to do this in remembrance of Me. What Catholics do or not do with communion has nothing to do with our obedience to Him. Just because Catholics kneel to pray, does that mean we should never kneed to pray because Catholics do it? That's absurd.
---Gena on 3/6/07

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I realize I'm going to get stoned, but communion is a RCC tradition. It has no Bibilical foundation. Yes, I'm familiar with Matthew26:26-28, Mark14:22-24, Luke22:19-20, 1Corinthians10:16-17 etc. What did Jesus REALLY mean in John6:53-54? Most people don't understand the true meanings of words/phrases from the 1930s/1940s let alone the true meanings of words/phrases 2000 years ago. Reading a dictionary of phrases will open your eyes.
---Steveng on 3/6/07

I do not feel it is wrong. My parents are Pastors and we have church service in their home. We also have our communion in their home. It is just as anointed. The bible says in (Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them)
---Monica on 3/6/07

I hope you havn't stopped doing that, My Mom does it alone at her house, and I think I should gather my kids and start doing what you did.
---Cynthia_1 on 3/6/07

I don't think it was wrong, just keep in mind what is written in 1 Corinthians 11...right spirit, right motive- nothing wrong.
---Pharisee on 3/6/07

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This is a case of confusing the "message with the method." Communion is suppose to be a time of remembrance of what Christ did. Normally it's given by the pastor, or another delegated church leader, but this is more church polity - not scriptual teaching. Any one can give communion at anytime. It's the message that counts, NOT the method. "No", you did NOT do anything wrong!
---WIVV on 10/18/05

Nan thanks for asking. They were too young at the time to remember much in detail but I feel it gave them a good grounding in the faith. Two of them are now saved praise the Lord. One is very strong in his faith, the other is going through a rough time but I pray she'll make it and that her sister will come to believe before long.
---Paulette on 9/15/05

Personally, I love the idea that you were moved spiritually to hold communion with just yourself and your small children. It was done with honorable intentions and not as a mockery, so I'm sure God was pleased. Now that your children are older, it would be interesting to know how they felt about it.
---Nan on 9/14/05

I have sometimes wondered about this topic because priests and ministers often take communion to the elderly who live alone. I've wondered if anyone has ever just done it alone as part of their private 'quiet time' and, if not, why not? I can understand that the lonely, elderly will appreciate the company and fellowship of someone else taking it to them but I do not see the other person as actually being necessary.
---Xanthi on 9/14/05

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Paulette:the only reason I can think of is the fact that only those who are ordained Priests have the God given power to change the Bread & wine into the body & blood of Jesus. for distribution to the body .But then again christians do not believe this so as such it will be incorrect However your intentions were honurable & a teaching of love to your children
---Emcee on 9/13/05

Paulette, your communion was with God. There have been times when, instead of being in church (yeah, I know, the great sin), I communed with God in the woods. I have never felt closer to God! You did absolutly nothing wrong
---NurseRobert on 9/13/05

Some Denominations teach that communion can only be administered by minister or pastors but i believe there is nothing wrong with what you have done and i also commend you for your dedication to the LORD(even when noone else was looking)BLESS YOU SISTER.
---co_ach on 9/13/05

Question: Why should one not have communion on their own?
First and foremost communion is a memorial of the sacrifice of Christ. I cannot think of any reason why one should not, at any time, with or with out others present, remember the sacrifice of Christ in this way. Granted, it may not be a common practice but wrong? No.
---Bruce5656 on 9/13/05

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I'm really encouraged by your answers so far. The reason I wondered if it could be wrong was because someone told me that communion means having fellowship with others and as I was with 3 small children, too young to understand the significance of it all, that was the equivalent of having communion totally on my own. I was told that we should never have communion on our own.
---Paulette on 9/13/05

no, it is not wrong. Jesus said we should do it as often as we remember and God understands the condition you find urself in by not doing it in church. it doesnt really matter, it is ur heart of obedience and love for his word that God sees, nor religious act.
---jullie on 9/13/05

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