Recommendations for Preparing for Holy Communion during Virtual Church on July 5th

Saturday, June 27, 2020

This Sunday we will be sharing Holy Communion during our worship service. Please read below as to how you can prepare your elements and yourselves for the service.

Please remember as Wesleyan in nature, we believe that this sacrament is open to all people. We just ask that if you have unforgiveness in your heart toward anyone, that you take a moment to offer that person forgiveness while asking the LORD God for healing in your own heart. We also believe that if you have not been baptized, you are welcome at the Lord's table; we ask that when you are ready that you would contact Pastor Dean or other clergy to discuss the possibility of your baptism. 

We as United Methodists believe the Sacraments, ordained by Christ, are symbols and pledges of the Christian’s profession and of God’s love toward us. They are means of grace by which God works invisibly in us, quickening, strengthening and confirming our faith in him.

We believe the Lord’s Supper is a representation of our redemptions, a memorial of the sufferings and death of Christ, and a token of love and union which Christian have with Christ and with one another.

Those who rightly, worthily (note that in the eyes of Christ we are all worthy even if we do not believe we are) and in faith eat the broken bread and drink the blessed cup partake of the body and blood of Christ in a spiritual manner until He comes. (The United Methodist Book of Discipline)

How to participate in Holy Communion from Home

Here is what is necessary for any expression, celebration, or participation.

  1. Holy Communion is celebrated in the context of worship. When you have worshiped online, you are part of the context.
  2. The consecration of the bread and cup provides the opportunity for the whole community to participate in the broken body and shed blood of Jesus.
  3. Bread, tortilla shell, pita bread or Crackers (Have enough available f or those gathered in your location): Use your best judgement on what to use.
  4. Grape Juice (have enough available for those gathered in your location): Grape juice is preferable. If you do not have grape juice, use your best judgement on a replacement. The point is to participate in the body and blood of Christ.
  5. As the pastor leads the service, participating online will have special meaning and benefits. Holy Communion is a community act of worship.
  6. We will be following “A Service of Word and Table III” which can be found on page 15 of The United Methodist Hymnal or accessed at http://www.stidhamumc.org/clientimages/43185/communiontableiii/communion_service_of_word_and_table_iii.pdf



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