On Sunday, May 3, we’re going to do something many of us never imagined we’d do: We’re going to take communion together…virtually! That means each of us will celebrate communion in our homes as part of our worship on Sunday.
This isn’t the way we prefer to be in communion with one another, but now more than ever we as Christians long to meet Christ at the place where he has told us we will always find him. It’s time to gather with Jesus and the communion of the saints at God’s table; gathered to be fed, filled, and nurtured by the Spirit’s vision of the world. With bread and cups in our hands and all of us doing this together, this sacrament will be a real celebration of Holy Communion. Our PC(USA) denominational leaders and your Session have both approved this means of communion during this time.
As your household – whether there is one of you or a dozen – prepares for communion, we ask that you make a few advance preparations. Get the details in this video by Cherrie, or follow the steps below:
- Select a cup and plate to use. Your every-day cups and plates will work just fine, or you can get fancy and break out the china. Listen to the Spirit and do what you think most honors this time and space.
- Find some sort of bread. A freshly baked loaf, a biscuit, a piece of gluten-free bread, or a cracker – it’s up to you.
- Find some sort of drink. Grape juice or wine are the obvious choices, but any other kind of juice, coffee, tea, or even water (baptism!) will work. Again, listen to the Spirit’s call for the times.
- If you need help securing any of these items, send us an email by Friday evening, and we will get them to you. If you are interested in making your own bread (as some of us did for Maundy Thursday), try this one-hour, four-ingredient recipe.
- Place all these items in a central place before worship begins. This could be a table, a small stool, or a coffee table in front of your viewing monitor. When the time comes to share the elements, the pastors will instruct you what to do.
Because this is a new experience for us all, be sure to take some time after worship to reflect upon your communion experience after worship on Sunday. As you eat lunch, ponder these questions to yourself or with those around you:
- What did you notice?
- How did this experience expand your understanding of the ways Jesus meets us in communion?
- What concerns did you have doing communion this way? In the end, were they justified?
- Reformed Christians like to say that a sacrament is an “outward and visible symbol of an inner and spiritual grace.” How did this celebration of communion meet that definition of sacrament?
- Are there other things in your life that might be sacramental by this definition of sacrament?
Those interested in reflecting further on this new way of experiencing communion are invited to join the pastors in a Zoom time of reflection on Sunday at 5:00pm. To participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:00pm on Sunday, and a Zoom meeting connection will be sent to you by 4:30pm. Contact: Cherrie Barton Henry