Barth on Weekly Communion

The following dialogue is recorded in my new favourite book: Karl Barth’s Table Talk by John Goodsey.

Student: Do you think communion should be administered every Sunday?

Barth: Yes, I do. It should be the climax of every service. Calvin asked the government of Geneva to have communion every Sunday, but the government refused. This began the tradition of infrequent communion in the Reformed Church.

Student: But if communion were introduced in the service every Sunday, would not the sermon have to be reduced to, say, 20 minutes?

Barth: This would be too much like the Roman Catholics! We must not reduce the length of the sermon. Services would have to be one and a half to two hours long. Sermons should be no less than 30 minutes long – between 30 and 45 minutes, I would say.

Sermons should be no less than 30 minutes long – between 30 and 45 minutes, I would say.

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