Are there any compelling reasons to prevent a layperson from administering the bread and wine in accordance with 1 Corinthians 11:17-34?
I ask because our little fellowship (only 25 members) is temporarily without the services of our appointed, ordained minister. He has been ill and unable to conduct any services since before Christmas. Since then we have not yet held a communion service. Given the significance and the importance of Resurrection Sunday, and that we have two retired ordained ministers (one is unable to get to church and the other is wheelchair-bound although still articulate and capable), is there any biblical or legal restriction against a baptised member of our congregation conducting communion? I can’t find any guidelines in either the Scottish Baptist Union or the Baptist Union of Great Britain rules and regulations.
What does the Bible have to say about the first century Christians who partook of the bread and the wine when they came together to remember our Lord, as he instructed, till he comes again?