When we compare the rituals and liturgy of the Old Testament with those of the New Testament, we find a great difference. Under the Old Covenant there were many prescribed ceremonies, or rituals, of worship. The Lord Jesus only left us two sacraments. One is baptism. The other is what we call Communion, Eucharist, or the Lord’s Supper. He did not tell us precisely how to celebrate it, how often to celebrate it, or any other details. He did tell us what it means: communion is a remembrance, a time to reflect again on Jesus, His sacrifice, and the meaning of that to our lives as individuals and as the body of Christ. (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:17-20)
Paul gave instructions to the Corinthian church about the Lord’s supper, and from those we learn that we should always examine our hearts before taking and that we should partake in a spirit of loving unity. (1 Corinthians 10:14-22; 11:17-29)
Shepherd Gate Church believes that communion should always be open to all who are believers in Jesus, regardless of denomination, unless something in their conscience prohibits them from partaking. Parents should make the decision about whether their children partake or not. The Bible does not specify how often people should take communion. At this time, Shepherd Gate Church has communion at each Sunday service as well as at other special services throughout the year. We have chosen to have a weekly communion because of our background and liturgical history. We do not believe that is the only correct schedule, and recognize that churches who differ in practice are still parts of the Body of Christ and love Him as much or more than we do. No matter how often we do it, communion is never an empty ritual, but rather a time for us to remember what Christ has done for us, renew our devotion to him, and rejoice in his grace extended to our lives.