Can we partake of the Lord's Supper in a Hotel Room, etc.?
If we are on vacation, can we partake the Lord's supper in a hotel room, at our camp site, on a cruise ship, etc.?
Many Christians find themselves debating, should we go on vacation here or there. But very few take into consideration, "what are we going to do on the Lord's day?" This is the most important question to ask. Taking of the Lord's Supper is a command, that every Christian everywhere should partake of it on the first day of the week. But many feel if you are on vacation, then you can either skip it all together, or can partake in a hotel room with your family alone. Let's look at the examples we have.
First off, let's all agree that it is the LORD's Supper. Not mine, not yours, it is HIS. This means that the way He instructed to do it, and the authority we have to take it, is not up to your or my opinions for variations.
We see in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke the Lord instituting His Supper, for the reason of remembrance. We see that it consisted of Unleavened Bread and Unleavened Fruit of the Vine. We see in the book's of Acts and Corinthians, that the disciples came together on the first day of the week (Sunday) for the very purpose to partake of this memorial. Why-to remember Christ's death.
But specifically I want you to consider our Apostolic example given to us by Paul. In Acts 20 : 1-7, the Spirit indicates that Paul and his company arrive in Troas and tarry there with the disciples for 7 days. The Spirit goes on to tell us the reason behind this: to come together, as the church, with the church, in order to partake of the Lord's Supper.
The taking of the Lord's Supper is something we see done as a collected group, as the church. It is never done alone, or with a family on vacation. The members made a point to assemble together in order to partake of this memorial. Why is it then, some 2,000 years later, that we feel that if we are on vacation or want to go on a cruise, that we can partake of it in any other way.
The next time you take a vacation, ask yourself one important question. "If we vacation here, how far do we need to travel in order to meet with the Brethren and partake of the Lord's Supper with them as we have been commanded?" If you find yourself thinking, "that is to far to go on Sunday," then you do not need to go on vacation there - pick a different destination.