Ebenezer Communion Season

 October 18-20, 2019

 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."

1 Corinthians 11:26

In August of 1742, a crowd of 50,000 gathered in Cambuslang, Scotland, for an outdoor communion service amidst the revivals of religion then erupting all throughout the Western world. In America, the Great Awakening had begun with the preaching of Jonathan Edwards in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the English evangelist George Whitefield.


Yet the broader context of the revivals was the practice of intense communion “seasons” by Scottish Presbyterians, as well as the Puritans of England and New England, throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and indeed which persist to the present day in the Highlands and on the Isle of Lewis. Revivals in Scotland were frequent in older times, and, as the Dictionary of Scottish Church History & Theology says, “(they) were usually associated with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.”


These occasions typically began with preparatory preaching services Thursday through Saturday nights. The messages were cross-centered, Christ-focused, and soul-searching. Sunday morning communion was administered and Sunday and Monday evenings thanksgiving services followed.

The theological context of intensive communion seasons is the understanding of the Lord’s Supper as a sacramental meal, which as such, has signifying and sealing functions. The latter of these means that communicants “seal” their covenant with Christ at the Table. The Supper is that place in the life of the church where Christ and His people seal, in the sense of ratify or confirm, their mutual commitments and obligations, all in the context of shared fellowship. Consequently the Lord’s Table became that place where church members would do their business with God.


It is not surprising that the “Camp Meetings,” usually associated with Methodism, grew out of the Scottish Communion season. What became an “altar call,” summoning the children of the church, the backslidden, the unconverted, and even the faithful to affirm or reaffirm their repentance and faith in Christ, originated as a call to the Table.


We would like this season of cross-centered, Christ-focused, soul-searching meetings to become a regular feature of our congregational life. More than that, we are praying that it will become a means of reviving our church, and reviving our community.


This explanation of the Scottish Communion Season was taken from the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia.


Thursday, Oct. 17

Called Day of Fasting and Prayer


Friday, Oct. 18

Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Bailey Building

Worship at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary


Sunday, Oct 20

The Lord’s Day Morning Worship at 10 a.m.

(Celebration of the Lord’s Supper) 

A covered-dish lunch will follow the morning worship service.  

The Lord's Day Evening Worship at 5 p.m.

  • Our Guest Preacher

    Dr. Douglas Kelly

    Dr. Kelly is the Professor of Theology Emeritus at Reformed Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Diploma from the University of Lyon, his B.D. from the Union Theological Seminary, and his Ph. D. from the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of many written works including, If God Already Knows, Why Pray?Preachers with Power: Four Stalwarts of the SouthNew Life in the Wasteland, Creation and Change, and The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World. His firm grasp of multiple languages and his theological competence are capably demonstrated in translating such works as Sermons by John Calvin on II Samuel. He is serving with David Wright of the University of Edinburgh as a general editor for a revision of Calvin’s Old Testament Commentaries. 

    Previous Guest Preachers:

    2017  Rev. Carl Robbins, Senior Pastor Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church

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    2018 Dr. John Currid, Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary

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