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Decoration ideas for communion tables

Do you decorate your communion table?

 

What does it hold most of the time, do you ever decorate it?

what was the most moving decoration you ever saw?

Do you have resources or books for ideas for decorating communion tables?

 

In case you want to imagine it....

 

If you are sitting in our pews, you look towards a wall of pipes.

Sitting in a raised loft in front of those pipes is the choir.

In front of that, with a wooden 1/2 wall is a section of flooring which holds:  the pulpit, the communion table and a grand piano.

(It is big enough to also be the area where the children's sermon is shared, and the kids gather.

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Pinga wrote:
Do you decorate your communion table?

 

We have a table located at the front of the church, in the middle, in front of the stairs leading to the stage. It isn't specifically and only used for communion though.

 

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What does it hold most of the time, do you ever decorate it?

 

An open Bible can always be found on it, and the offering plates during service. There is often a flowers-pot.

 

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what was the most moving decoration you ever saw?

 

Apples-baskets on Thanksgiving.

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Pinga wrote:

Do you decorate your communion table?

 

 

Other than a cross and two candles, no. We do use appropriate liturgical colours on the altar cloth.

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Aquila, yes our communion table is also used for other items.  It used to hold a large bible, but it is an old version that no one ever reads from, and I don't think it is held on it anymore.

 

DKS, yes, it definitely is decorated with appropriate colours of liturgical cloth...

 

It generally holds about an 18"? brass? cross.  Very heavy. shiny.  It holds our Christ candle.  It holds the collection plates after collection.  It holds ocmmunion pieces.

 

It often will hold flowers....sometimes from a memorial service.

 

We also have had items placed on it for specific occassions.  Example: displays from guatemala for service from youth, or items used during a sermon or chidlren's service.

 

i also have seen it decorated beautifully with books which had meaning in people's lives..

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This became a real issue at the church. Candle and Cross only. Nothing else could be put on it. Change of ministerial staff - other things could go on. It seemed to be the preference of the minister. Offering plates with the money always came to the table ( with the money) - not the empty ones.

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I ran into that where I am too - no one would put anything on the communion table except the plates, candles and brass cross.  One Sunday a woman brought a beautiful vase of freshly cut flowers in memorium of a family member and she placed it off to the side where it was hard to see.  So I took it down and placed it on the communion table where it was front and center for all to enjoy.

 

I don't advocate cluttering it with junk however tasteful decorations like flowers or even the horn of plenty at Thanksgiving is fine with me.  And what's up with those brass crosses anyway?  Don't care for them at all but whatdayado?

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What is the difference between the altar and the communion table ? Are n't they the same thing?

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Interesting differences.

 

Question:

Is there something taught about what the table should be like?  To me, it is like changing the banners hung in the church......sometimes we like the bareness /simplicity, other times, there are images that add.

 

curious if there are any denominational patterns or schools of thought?

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ps...figure I will get some of the ministers -- whether order of ministry, or the lay designates.

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i think there  are theological reasons for what sits on the table. I tried to google but couldn't find it but I think it goes cack to methodist and Presbyterian roots. But I am probably wrong.

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We have a table in front of the pulpit.  It holds:  a large Bible open and slightly raised on a stand, the Christ candle, flowers, sometimes a prop for the children's story.  The offering plates are off to one side.

 

A separate table is brought out on communion Sundays.  Because we worship in the round, we have a round communion table.  It holds the containers for the bread and the juice.  Usually nothing more.  The most effective decoration I ever saw on it was of various loaves of bread - pita bread, home made rolls, French bread, Italian bread, round loaves, traditional style loaves, dark rye bread, white bread - breads from the various parts of the world.  Very effective.    I've also seen a bunch of grapes on the table.

 

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Good ole wikipedia - it even gives a reason for why Protestants refer to it as a communion table and not an altar...

 

A Communion table is used by many Protestant churches, particularly from Reformed, Baptist, Congregational, and non-denominational traditions, for the preparation of the Eucharist.

The use of a simple table instead of an altar reflects these churches' rejection of any suggestion of sacrifice in the Holy Communion: they believe that the Passion of Jesus Christ was a perfect sacrifice for sins made once for all (Hebrews 9:25-10:4).

The table may be very simple, adorned perhaps with only a linen cloth, or with an open Bible and a pair of candlesticks. Some Communion tables often bear the inscription Do This in Remembrance of Me from the Last Supper (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24), indicating the belief in Holy Communion being a memorial rather than a sacrament. Such a table may be temporary, being moved into place only when there is a Communion Service.

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