Since we stopped meeting together physically, many have been asking about Communion. Some churches are offering a form of Communion during their live streams. Since this Sunday, April 5th, would normally be our Communion Sunday, I have spent a great deal of time in prayer and consideration about this.
On the one hand, it would be nice to have everyone sitting in front of their screens and partake of some elements from their own cupboards at the same time across the city and across the world. But our theology of Communion is such that doing it this way violates what Holy Communion is all about. We believe that when we receive the elements of Holy Communion, Jesus’ real presence is with us. Now, certainly, He can be and is present with us no matter where we gather. But there is a fundamental shift when we are not gathered in one place, physically. The sacrament was meant to be shared around a common table. The table in our Sanctuary is the place where we gather to celebrate this sacrament.
So until we can once again gather around that table, I am calling a fast from Communion. We will fast from the sacrament until the day comes when we can be together, in one place, around a common table. On that great and wonderful day, we will celebrate our socks off and partake of the sacrament together.
If you have questions, or just want to discuss this with me, feel free to call or email me.
Thanks for listening!
In Christ’s Great Hope,