Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

10 Things to say about communion


1. It is good if people can sit near to each other rather than being spread out.

2. If you sing hymns choose chiefly from the section on Christ's death, Church ordinances – communion or the section on Union with Christ.

3. I always like to sing sitting down (it is a supper) and unaccompanied (as would have been the case at the last supper).

4. Always include a message to direct people's thoughts when sitting down to communion.

5. Scripture readings can come from the appropriate places in Matthew, Mark and Luke or anywhere from John 13-20. Other obvious places are 1 Corinthians 11, Philippians 2, etc. Don't forget the Old Testament – Genesis 22, Exodus 11, 12, Psalm 22, 23, Isaiah 53, etc.

6. I try to break the bread before distributing it, as Jesus did.

7. Like most churches we eat the bread separately and drink the wine together. We come to the table as individuals and as a body.

8. Churches should avoid lengthy discussions on what sort of bread or wine is used and how much and in what receptacles.

9. We are free to decide how often we have communion together. Four times a year or less is probably not enough, once a week may be too often. Twice a month is probably about right for most churches.

10. There are good arguments for detaching the service from the main meetings. The one snag is the opportunity to bear witness in that way.

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