While my wife and I were at church today, I was watching people as they went up to the altar to take communion. What I wanted to see was if they were taking it seriously, going through the motions, or some other emotion. I'd have to say that most of the people in our congregation take it VERY seriously. There are a few that just go up there because they feel like they have to because: 1) They feel like they have to please someone else, or 2) They're being told to!
The latter of those should never be the case, because no one should have to feel that they have to come to the Lord's table unwillingly. The former is also a bad reason, because it is an ulterior motive, and therefore not for good intentions.
The Holy Eucharist is Jesus incarnate, and therefore should not be taken on bad or ulterior motives. As the scriptures say, one should examine themselves beforehand. I make sure I pray before each service to make sure that I'm in the right frame of mind to partake.
Just a note to anybody that just happens to read my blog(is there anybody?). Please make sure that you are prepared to take communion beforehand.