Communion during COVIDtide

Click on the videos to watch Pastor Becky explain how we will celebrate the Lord's Supper during Phase 4 of the State of Illinois COVID-19 plan. If you have questions, please contact her.

Introduction

The sacrament of Holy Communion is the sacred and mysterious meal instituted by Jesus. We don't believe that the pastor has any special power to transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus, but that the consecration of those earthly elements, together with the Word of God and in community consecrate this holy meal.

No one throughout the history of the church ever imagined that community could be created or sustained over vast distances through electronic means like Zoom.

And yet, here we are. Experiencing that very thing our selves during this time of the pandemic.

We believe that fasting from this meal puts no one in eternal danger -- and yet, we yearn to share this meal together.

This is one way, perhaps, that the Holy Spirit is birthing something new in the church.

Preparing the bread and wine

Bringing our own bread and wine to the Lord's supper isn't ideal. We lose some of the symbolism of being fed from Christ's table all the same small bite of bread and the same small sip of wine.

So, what should you bring?

If you're watching from home, how can you eat and drink with us? Pastor Becky talks about setting a festive table, choosing something made from gathered grains and something from the fruit of the vine -- and what to do with leftovers!

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