Or, why aren’t we doing what Jesus informed us to do?
Tright here isn’t any larger sign that evangelicals have lengthy forgotten their roots than the disrepair into which the sacraments have fallen in our day. By the use of reminder, we must always observe that the Second Nice Awakening started as a Communion retreat. Church buildings from throughout gathered at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, in August 1801 to organize themselves for after which partake in Communion. As I wrote in an article on this revival:
Communions (annual three-to-five-day conferences climaxed with the Lord’s Supper) gathered folks within the dozens, perhaps the a whole lot. At this Cane Ridge Communion, although, generally 20,000 folks swirled concerning the grounds—watching, praying, preaching, weeping, groaning, falling. Although some stood on the edges and mocked, most left marveling on the wondrous hand of God.
The Cane Ridge Communion shortly turned one of many best-reported occasions in American historical past, and based on Vanderbilt historian Paul Conkin, “arguably … a very powerful spiritual gathering in all of American historical past.” It ignited the explosion of evangelical faith, which quickly reached into almost each nook of American life. For many years the prayer of camp conferences and revivals throughout the land was “Lord, make it like Cane Ridge.”
As such Communions, folks gathered on Friday and spent that night and Saturday praying, studying Scripture, and listening to sermons as they ready themselves for worship and Communion on Sunday. At Cane Ridge, Saturday was not so quiet:
The Saturday morning companies had been quiet—the proverbial lull earlier than a storm. However by afternoon, the preaching was continuous, from each the meetinghouse and the tent. … Pleasure mounted, and amid smoke and sweat, the camp erupted in …