Faith Without Works Is...
More to the point, is the Eucharist really a necessary part of worship? That is a good question to ask one’s self if emptiness is being experienced from an absence of communion. There is a lot written about how the Eucharist cannot be a necessary component to worship, but none of it really gels with the biblical account. For one thing, the force of the Eucharistic necessity question is answered in the command of Christ to do it. In case there was some misunderstanding pertaining to the establishment of the Eucharist as a practice, Christ revealed His Church with the New Covenant in the Upper Room at Jerusalem through a Passover meal divinely transformed into a Eucharist. Anamnesis is transformed from the OT remembrance feasts pertaining to divine interventions for Israel, to “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Even though He had not been crucified yet, His blood was shed for us. There was a catechumenal aspect to the Eucharist rite, but this education occurred as it was being demonstrated.
In 1922, British mathematician and educator Alfred Whitehead, probably most noted for his book “Symbolism: Its Meaning And Effect”, ISBN: 082321138X, wrote an interesting essay titled "The Rhythm of Education”. Whitehead discussed the learning processes of students through three distinct stages he identified as romance, precision and generalization. This description of a phase-based learning process for formal education had the first-order effect of a rhythmic progression. If education itself can be said to be categorized in these ways, romance was the initial discovery and investigation with the subject being learned. It then becomes an axiom that insisting on precision too soon could stifle the initiative to go beyond, although precision and exactness are a desirable quality to aspire to. Whitehead sought the metrics of rhythm applied to education. Whitehead’s argument is a completely conceptual approach to about how things are learned. However, it cannot be argued against that much learning occurs by doing. What and how are we teaching children?
Besides the command of Christ, it is irrelevant to attempt to pit the preaching of the Word against celebrating the Eucharist at this point because the Eucharist does not give anything different than preaching. However, what does take place is that those who accept the invitation show that they accept it.