I think part of the reason we do it this way is to emulate the events of the Last Supper. (Or, to name it more optimistically, the First Communion!)
One nice possibility for a renewable LDS sacrament service might be to provide the water in small glass or china cups which are replaced in the cup holders after use, washed, immersed in hot water, then reused for the next service. This would also eliminate the nasty taste and feel of paper cups, as well as making them easier to withdraw and hold. (Maybe toughened plastic would be better; less chance of breaking or chipping.)]]>
I grew up in a ward where there was a separate cylinder passed around to put the cups in. The tray was just a tray, not a tray+used cup repository. Sad was the day when we switched to standard issue.]]>
paper, for sure. the plastic is awkward to drink out of and, of course, worse for the environment.
i’ve never lived OUTSIDE of the states and have seen plastic sacrament trays several times. i’m thinking our wards in hawai’i used them? although some argue that hawai’i IS outside of the states… @@]]>
There was a guy in my ward in Japan who had his own cup. He would drink out of his own cup every week. I thought that might be a good deal.]]>