This coming Sunday, February 7, 2021, St. Peter’s will observe Communion. This will be our first celebration of the Lord’s Supper as a church family since the start of the pandemic in March. In order to continue our practice of doing no harm, we will gather via Zoom instead of in-person. The service will be held at 5:30 p.m.
As pastor, I will preside over the sacrament online, and parishioners can participate from home using their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Because the service will be live and not prerecorded, this online platform enables us to gather as a family virtually. Although we will not be gathered physically, we will still be together.
The elements for the service – individual, prepackaged containers of juice and bread – can be picked up at the church during the week, or, if you attend in-person worship Sunday morning, you can pick them up then. If you are unavailable to come by the church, you may provide your own juice and bread at home. A copy of the liturgy, suitable for gathering in this virtual manner, is linked at the bottom of this post. The liturgy is also available in printed form at the church.
The decision to move forward with online Communion was made following much prayer. I discussed the idea with our District Superintendent, and he felt it was an appropriate way for us to practice this important means of grace in this time of pandemic and social distancing.
Observing the Lord’s Supper has always been a big part of St. Peter’s, and as your pastor, I sense a great need for us to return to the sharing of this sacred meal. God’s grace, poured out through the bread and cup, is not limited by physical space; when God’s people gather, He is with them. Whether we gather in person in the church building, or through Zoom in our individual homes, as John Wesley said, “The best of all is, God is with us!”
We will hold this online Communion service on the first Sunday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., but only until we are able to safely resume having Communion in the Sanctuary. I know that many of you have missed sharing the Lord’s Supper, and I pray this temporary solution will help us grow together in our faith. I look forward to the day we can once again share one common loaf and one common cup, but until then, I will continue to lead this church through the pandemic as I feel led by God.