Dear Friends: OK, let’s have a “heart to heart” chat, shall we? I thought I asked you last month to pass
along your observations about the topic of weekly communion? Maybe I was not clear enough.
I know you have some opinions, because I am hearing them second and third hand through the grapevine. I would love to hear them from you directly. You know me. You know that I will honor and respect your perspectives and viewpoints, whether they are in sync with my views or not.
We’ve been down this road a number of times in the past on various issues. I’ve always been committed to being a listener. But unless you speak to me, I cannot listen.
So in the meantime, while you craft an email to me or call to set up an appointment, I’ll offer some observations on a few topics I have heard through the “grapevine.”They may not be focused and accurate because … well … because I have had to hear them indirectly. But I’ll give it a shot based on what I think I have heard.
Question: Is weekly communion a done deal?
No. You know me better than that. We’re exploring it. We are trying to take seriously the call to embrace a weekly engagement of the real presence of our Lord in bread and wine, as a core expression of our faith. But it is not a done deal.
Your pastors (Pastor Sarah and I) could institute weekly communion tomorrow if we wished. We are entrusted with complete control over the sacramental life of the congregation. But we also cherish your feedback and your input on this ongoing discussion.
So no, this is not a done deal. We are interested in hearing what you think, no matter where you fall on the issue. But … we … cannot … read …minds. Talk to us … email us … let us know what you think.
Question: Is the experimental period of weekly communion during the Easter season in actuality a sneak attack in which we will start weekly communion and never stop it?
No. The season of Easter ends on Pentecost Sunday and the following Sunday is the festival of The Holy Trinity. That Sunday will conclude our “experiment” of weekly communion this spring. We felt the Easter season was a somewhat short and quite appropriate time to experiment with weekly communion.
As of the first Sunday after Holy Trinity Sunday we will return to our current alternating schedule of Holy Communion.
I do not intend to sound defensive. But I want to be clear. This is a process. We are exploring the practice of weekly communion, because it is a core part of our denominational identity.
We are exploring it because it offers us the clearest expression of grace that God has made available to us on an on-going basis. It is not a “done deal.” It is an exploration.
We want to hear your reactions to the Easter season experiment of weekly communion.
Whether you are a regular worshiper, or an altar guild member, or a communion assistant, or a lector, or an usher. In short, if you’re in the
building on a Sunday morning, we are interested in your observations and reactions to this “experiment.”
I hope to hear from you.
See you in Church …