What practices or disciplines are helpful when preparing for Communion?


Hello, All,

This may have been commented on before, but I was just wondering how various churches who still have quarterly or less frequent communion handle the time of preparation.  Do you just read the responsive reading in the Psalter the week before?  Have you developed a devotional or "companion to communion" that helps in the process of preperation?  One I have recently ran across is Andrew Murray's The Lord's Table.  It has a week of devotions for the week prior to communion, for the day of, and for the week following.  Other practices/disciplines that you have found helpful?

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We celebrate communion the 1st Sunday of every other month, beginning with January.

I don't use forms for the Sunday before communion. Though I do mention in our "Invitation to Transformed Living" that we will be celebrating the Lord's Supper the following week and the Bible tells us to examine ourselves before we celebrate, lest we eat and drink judgement on ourselves. I then read the Scripture selection for that week and invite folks to let God's Spirit speak to them about those parts of their lives to which He wants to bring His freedom.

I don't like forms and rarely use them. I did for a recent baptism we did, but mostly because baptism is rare for us (we're a very small congregation), and I felt the teaching included in the form would be helpful to us. But mostly, I find them too formal and impersonal for us.