Before I returned to Catholic faith I was heavily involved in Protestantism. I never considered myself to be apart of any particular denomination but I attended mostly Episcopal and Lutheran churches. There was a time when I attended a Baptist church for a while. It was a nice place, and the people there were generous. The services mostly consisted of singing hymns along with the congregation, and then listening to the Pastor give long sermons/Bible commentary. For the most part that was it, though once a month we would have communion/Lord’s supper. Typically a tray with little pieces of cut up bread and grape juice would be passed around. That was really it.
I always felt like there was something missing while I was there. Even as a liberal Protestant who didn’t believe in the real presence in the first place, I was always use to partaking the Eucharist every week. The Eucharist was always at the center of worship for me. The Eucharist not being at the center of worship, but rather the sermon takes so much away from worship itself! I eventually left the church, mainly because I was moving and I settled back into a local Episcopal Church. I of course returned back to the Catholic faith after about 15 years away from it. The way Baptist churches view worship is just so… wrong. That is all I can say. Christians have seen the Eucharist at the center of worship since the first century. Sure, singing and giving sermons is an important part of worship. But worship itself can be found in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist we offer up something to God. Nothing like it can be experienced in any other religion, yet Baptist tradition has throw out the Eucharist in favor of a sermon…
Baptist tradition totally undermines the Eucharist and reduces it to a occasional ordinance that is only to be viewed symbolically. This is a damaging result Protestantism. I just can’t believe something at the center of Christian worship for centuries could just be totally thrown away like that. Not even Luther or Calvin would go as far as the Baptist do.
“They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again. Those, therefore, who speak against this gift of God, incur death in the midst of their disputes. But it were better for them to treat it with respect, that they also might rise again. It is fitting, therefore, that you should keep aloof from such persons, and not to speak of them either in private or in public, but to give heed to the prophets, and above all, to the Gospel, in which the passion [of Christ] has been revealed to us, and the resurrection has been fully proved. But avoid all divisions, as the beginning of evils.” - Ignatius of Antioch [105 A.D]