178th Semiannual General Conference How worthy are you to partake of the sacrament? Is worthiness based on your outward dress? White shirts? Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInEmailPrintLike this:Like Loading...
We need to qualify for the atonement?
1 Cor. 11: 27:
“Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”
“Is worthiness based on your outward dress?”
Brian, that word “unworthily” . . . . I use to think of its meaning in one way, now I think of it differently.
Our church family is partaking of the Lord’s Supper, tomorrow.
We do this the first Sunday of each month.
What way did & do you think of it?
Use to be very introspective on all my unworthiness . . . now I evaluate more my heart attitude.
In Todd Wood, I am not worthy.
In Christ, everything changes.
(Hey, but when I did serve communion today, I wore a suit jacket, tie, and white shirt . . . do you think bishops in wards should emphasize that kind of dress for sacrament?)
I see. That’s good, Todd. My way of interpreting “unworthily” is to ask myself whether I take the sacrament with my heart (and mind, etc.) focused on following Christ or not. If not, then I am unworthy. I think you and I pretty much agree. Like you, I used to think about myself way too much before taking the sacrament.
Emphasizing dress…. I think that first one must qualify the word “emphasize,” but I don’t think there should be emphasis on it. The real emphasis is all on the Savior (of course!). As for that teenage boy who just can’t seem to tuck in his wrinkled shirt before carrying around the emblems of the atonement, I often think that commending him for his willingness to assist in a sacred ordinance would do more to improve his personal grooming (not to mention his outlook) than would a lecture on modern fashion.
Good comments BrianJ —
While not required, our outward appearance should give a small glimpse of our larger inward feelings of the heart and mind towards this most sacred ordinance.
“while not required”
May one serve the sacrament without the dress code in the I-15 corridor?
Yes, of course. The words of the sacrament prayers and the priesthood authority to bless and administer the sacrament are requirements that must be followed.
Is there a reason why those in the “I-15 corridor” administering this sacred ordinance each Sunday can’t wear a white shirt and tie? I would say the answer is “no” — we are an affluent enough people that there should be no excuse why we can’t wear white shirts and ties. I believe that there are some parts of the world where this may not be possible under all conditions.
Why do you wear a suit jacket, white shirt, and tie when you serve communion in your church? 🙂
This last question – it deserves another post.