There are so many ways to serve and receive Holy Communion:
Real Bread or Wafers
Gluten or Gluten-Free
Wine or Grape Juice
Standing or Kneeling
Common Cup or Individual Cups
Glass Cups or Plastic Cups
The Bread without the Wine
The Wine without the Bread
None of the above is the right way.
None of the above is the wrong way.
You might have a preference.
With all of the options, there are trade-offs.
Some ways are more somber, while others are more celebratory.
Some ways are easier to set up and clean up.
Some ways may be more inclusive.
Some ways may be better for the environment.
Some ways feel like we are a community gathered.
Some ways feel like it’s a you and Jesus moment.
Like most things, the pandemic challenged our normal patters.
We used a lot of self-serve kits and I’m thankful we had that option.
I am hoping that we can get back to a pre-pandemic pattern of intinction for the summer.
I will be on sabbatical and intinction is the easiest for a reduced number of summer volunteers to set up and clean up. Plus we won’t be putting all those little plastic cups in the landfill.
March 14, 2022
©️ 2022, Pastor Bill Bernau.