LOL Daystar - about the unused emblems...I had to do this ceremony twice during my elder/servant years as I recall. I believe that both times the outline (it is like a public talk outline) actually said this, so I don't believe that part was some local ingenuity. I forgot to add that some elders actually tasted it before the memorial to see if it was OK for the anointed. The magic did not take place until the first prayer.
The outlines even went into detail about what KIND of wine it had to be. I always thought that was super-silly because most certainly ancient wine (or beer for that matter) could hardly even resemble what we have today. As usual, WT makes up rules that cannot have any historical or bible verification. That business about having it again for sick people exactly one lunar month later is a perfect example - so what if the jews did passover that way. The gospels do not command a certain day or days.
Also, as someone else posted: wow-how depressing and creepy this must have looked to outsiders! We just passed it around and looked at it like it was poison. Remember how everybody tried to peek at each other to see who might have drunk it? Of course, that was wrong for the R&F but OK for the young MS guys they assigned to count partakers.
Now, it must be admitted that the second time I had to do the memorial I was like the Tom Petty lyrics (-already gone). The outline did not get followed - but that is the subject of another thread which I am saving for "sometime" in April.