The Blessings of Weekly Communion
There is a terrific interview on Issues, etc. with Pastor Ken Wieting on the topic of the blessings of weekly communion. I recommend you hop on over to the link and listen to it. Pr. Wieting has a terrific book on the subject that offers a wonderful evangelical-pastoral approach on this issue. There is also a very positive review of Pr. Wieting’s book in the latest issue of the Concordia Journal by Dr. Jeff Gibbs.
By the way, there is a terrific and ever-growing collection of on-demand audio available on the Issues, etc. web site. I had not really done much with subscribing to Podcasts, etc. through iTunes. But now I’m a big believer. It is really a great way to listen to the shows, whenever you want to.
You can also read an excerpt from Pr. Wieting’s book. Here is a description of the book. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Great spiritual blessings come
to Christians who partake of the Lord’s Supper on the Lord’s Day. They
receive a “visible Word” which gives to them the forgiveness of sins,
life and salvation. Their faith is strengthened. Their inner man is
renewed for a life of good works. They are formed in the image of
Christ. In the Apostolic church, communion was celebrated every Sunday.
During the period of the Reformation, the Lutheran churches practiced
weekly communion. The influence of Protestantism in the United States
has suppressed this practice. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help readers reflect
and apply the material to their personal and corporate worship.
The book will help restore this worthy and biblical tradition to our congregations.