Are Communion Tables Just Decorative?

When you’re selecting a communion table for your church, you might start to think that it really is just a decorative table. Many churches, after all, only use their communion tables in the blessing and that’s it. Why should you buy a real table, then, if that’s all you use your communion table for?

Communion tables are more than just a place where you ask for Lord to bless the wine and the bread. When Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples, he sent them into the city to make preparations for Passover. In Luke 22:7-23, we read that He told them they would meet a man carrying a water jug and were told to follow him home. They must ask the owner of the house if there was a place where they could celebrate Passover together. They would find, Jesus told them, an upstairs room, fully furnished for the Passover dinner.

The table where Jesus had his Last Supper with the disciples actually belonged to a stranger the disciples met after following what was presumably a tenant or servant of the building owner. Jesus’ disciplines had to rely on Jesus’ words that they would find a room furnished for Passover and go with faith while following the man with the water jug.

When we go to the communion table, we go with the same faith as the disciples that the communion table will be there as a physical manifestation of our faith in Christ and his Word. Once at the table, we submit to Him by doing what he asked of us, in remembrance, drinking of the cup and breaking the bread together.

In churches where the congregation takes communion in their pews or standing in the aisle, the communion table usually holds the loaf and the cup in a strong visual reminder of Christ’s sacrifice.

Communion tables are more than just for display–they’re part of our understanding of our faith in the corporal world. Without a table worthy of this faith, some might feel as though they cannot commune with the Lord.