Letter to the Congregation – 12/15/20
FROM THE COUNCIL AND THE PASTOR
At the December 14th Congregation Council meeting, the Council approved a recommendation from the Worship & Music Committee to allow “virtual” Communion until at such point that we have access to the church building again.
Please understand that this was not an easy decision because a Lutheran understanding of Communion assumes that we are celebrating the sacrament physically together as a family. However, because of the length of time that we have been apart, and because we are not anticipating being able to open the church building in the near future, it was decided that offering Communion (although it not be physically with the family) is very important to the spiritual health of the congregation.
Please know that as soon as we have access to the church building again we will review our use of “virtual” Communion. Keep in mind that no one is ever forced to receive Communion, if you feel you do not want to receive Communion you are encouraged not to participate in that part of worship.
To receive Communion, we are asking that each member of the congregation prepare one serving of bread (any type, St. Andrew’s uses pita bread) and one serving of the fruit of the vine (grape juice or wine) before the start of worship. Pastor will consecrate the elements of Communion during worship. It needs to be understood that ONLY a single portion of bread and wine that has been prepared for worship will be consecrated. You cannot save some for later.
The congregation will commune together at the Pastor’s direction.
We hope and pray that during this time, receiving Communion (although it be virtual) provides an increased level of connection to God and to your church family, providing us a level of strength that we all need during this time of COVID-19.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Neel.