We had a good communion this past weekend. It was (naturally) the traditional 5-day marathon, with a minimum of two services a day from Thursday to Monday.
The services were well attended, the sermons were clear and appropriate, the sacrament was reverent and orderly, the table addresses helpful, and the atmosphere one of togetherness: a shared sadness in the circumstances, a shared hope, and a shared Saviour.
The standard caveat applies, any time a communion season is mentioned – the important bit in the whole procedure is the administration of the sacrament in connection with the preaching of the Word on the Lord’s Day. The rest is all just preparatory (or on Monday, retrospective) – and more specifically, preparatory on the congregational level. The whole congregation comes together to prepare together for the sacrament, in a way that’s meant to complement the preparation that should be ongoing on the individual level.
Sometimes it’s interesting to imagine what difference it might make if there was an extra communion in the year which involved only the congregation’s own minister and no assisting ministers, only the congregation itself and no visitors from other congregations, only the previous Lord’s Day and no other preparatory services. You’d cut out a lot of extra activity, but wouldn’t it make so many other things so much simpler?