I used to think that communion time at church was my alone time with God. It was a time for my own personal meditation on God’s love for me. The only thing that would make my communion time better would be if all the other people in the room would have the decency to leave for a few minutes, so as not to interrupt my alone time with God.
I don’t know where this mindset comes from. You certainly don’t find it in the Bible. The church at Corinth was chastised severely for being selfish at communion time and not considering their brothers and sisters in Christ when they had the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11).
The early Christians were devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper…together. Communion was one of several worship activities that was practiced by the believers that served to bond them together. When we take communion, it is best that we keep in mind that Jesus not only died for you individually, he died for the community of believers.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”—Acts 2:42.