Communion this Sunday: What You Need to Know
by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund | October 29, 2020This Sunday is the Feast of All Saints, the 34th Sunday of Coronatide, and our first celebration of Holy Eucharist since March 8. Woohoo!
Today, just the facts:
*Worship @ 10am on the front lawn. Masks and social distancing are required at all times. Bulletins will be available via email, as per usual.
*You may participate in-person, participate from inside your own vehicle, or participate via live stream at home. If you plan to sit on the lawn, park in the main lot so Tilley Lane spaces are available for folks who prefer to remain in cars.
*If you plan to participate via live stream from home and would like to receive communion, consecrated communion bread will be available for you to pick up at the church from 9am-noon this Saturday, Oct 31st and from 8:15am-9:30am this Sunday, Nov 1. Come pick it up, save it for online worship, and then simply break and eat it at the appropriate time during the live streamed service.
*If you are unable to drive and need consecrated bread brought to your home between now and Sunday, email me ASAP at email@example.com We are 100% committed to going out of our way to make sure everyone who desires can receive communion.
*If you are present in-person, communion will be distributed at the appropriate time to households wherever you are seated on the lawn or in your cars. We will not line up. We’ll do this ‘feeding of the five thousand style’ and we’ll come to you. Each household’s bread will be individually sealed. I will touch the basket containing the envelopes during the Eucharistic Prayer and a thoroughly hand-washed minister will distribute the envelopes, but only you will physically touch your communion bread.
*We will receive communion in one kind only (bread). We will have a ritual amount of wine for use at the altar but will not share the cup. Folks in-person are welcome to cross their arms over their chest and receive a (distanced) blessing.
*If weather is bad (really cold, rainy, etc.) we’ll live stream but will punt the in-person gathering. Weather updates go out via text. Text STLIZ to 71441 to make sure you’re in the loop.
*You are welcome to bring a cross decorated in honor of a loved one. After worship, each household who desires will have an opportunity to lay their cross at the high altar in our sanctuary. Households will go one at a time; Wanda will be playing music; and this will take as long as it takes. If you’d like to decorate a new cross, they are available on the church porch.
Whew! Lots of details, but I look forward to our All Saints celebration on Sunday.