An Explanation as to the Remembrance of the Lord
We extend a sincere welcome to each one who has desired to be present and to observe the order of our meetings; and we trust the Lord may make this of very real blessing to every visitor.
Yet in order to avoid misunderstanding, it is only becoming that this word of explanation be given as regards the meeting for "THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE LORD".
From the Scriptures, we are persuaded that this feast of sacred significance is intended for those who are drawn by love toward the Lord Jesus Christ, to participate in worship and thanksgiving to Him, in fellowship with others of "like precious faith".
For this reason we consider it only fair and right toward the visitor, and feel that the visitor should consider it also fair toward ourselves and toward the Lord, that he should not be expected to take part in the breaking of bread until such time as there is some definite knowledge of one another, and the visitor is persuaded in his heart that the Lord desires him to enjoy this fellowship with us.
It will be understood, we trust, that this care and consideration is not dictated by any thoughts of being better than others, but by concern for the honor of the Lord Jesus and for the proper and godly order of His Church in a world where disorder is so prevalent. "Let all things be done decently and in order" is a Divine injunction given in 1 Corinthians 14:40.
There is no reason for the visitor therefore to feel badly that he does not actually participate in the breaking of bread. This should not at all hinder a true believer from deeply enjoying the presence of the Lord; and we shall be thankful if this is so.
Any questions concerning these matters will be gladly discussed with the inquirer by brethren who are present, following the meeting. "The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way" (Psalm 25:9).