Man-made traditions are not always horrible monsters, but become monsters when some in the church insist only these traditions are acceptable to God. Often scripture is twisted to fit a particular belief system, then thrust on the rest of the church as gospel truth. Traditions, over time, take on an aura of respectability regardless of their merit.
- Always place the little lacy tablecloth on the communion table properly.
- Always center the trays on the communion table; bread to the left of course.
- Wear a coat, shinny shoes, and a rag tied around your neck.
- When walking to the front be sure to get in step so all things will be done decently and in order.
- Use the little plastic cups that the older members can't grasp, and men with large hands can’t get out of the tray.
- Use the same prayers week after week so there is no confusion about what is going on.
- Women can pass the emblems horizontally (from side-to-side while seated) to men, but not vertically (while standing.)
- When the communion service is completed, and just prior to the giving process, be sure to say, “this is not a part of the communion service, but is a convenient time to give of our means.”
The list can go on forever. Following these steps will ensure a robotic communion service that any unthinking Christian can participate in without the slightest need to think outside the box. Not that all these practices are inappropriate, but with no variations over the years they become so engraved in our mind as being the only acceptable methods that anyone guilty of changing the format in the slightest is considered a suspect Christian.