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Message from Linda

Home Communion

 

The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of continuous growth and nourishment in the Christian life. The term Eucharist, derived from the Greek word “eucharista,” which means “thanksgiving,” is used by Mark, Matthew and Luke in their accounts of the institution of the Holy Meal. A form of this Greek word is used by Paul, emphasizing that Jesus gave thanks before breaking the bread and offering the cup.

 

Thanksgiving at the Lord’s Table shapes us as grateful people who everywhere and always give thanks to God. Joining together for the meal, we are reminded of the call to make sure that food and drink, both ordinary and holy, are shared adequately among all. By the power of the Spirit, both past and future coalesce, as around our table we eat with Christ on that last night as disciples ourselves and as guests at the great feast of the Lamb that is promised and will surely come to pass.   (From Invitation to Christ, p. 42, Office of Theology and Worship of the PCUSA)

 

To ensure that this sacrament is available to all members, the deacons organize the regular extension of communion into the homes of our members who are unable to attend worship when the sacrament is celebrated at Sunday worship. Deacons and elders, in and out of current service, gather the elements of bread and cup and bring them to the homes, group homes, care facilities, and hospital beds, of those members desiring to receive the sacrament.

 

During 2018, 117 members were served home communion. We appreciate the dedicated service of the many elders and deacons who provide home communion throughout the year. Someone recently shared with me that serving home communion has become a tremendous blessing in her life. She said that the experience has taught her that trying something new can bring such joy, especially when it involves doing something for someone else. She added that stepping out of her comfort zone brought her so much in return.

 

We would welcome additional volunteers to serve home communion. If you are an ordained deacon or elder and would like to participate in this important ministry, please contact the church office at: 623-584-4602. Training will be provided.

 

If you or someone you know, would like to receive the sacrament at home, please contact me at 623-584-4602.

 

Assistance is also needed throughout the year in preparing the elements for communion for worship services. Deacon, Jeanette Belleville serves as the Chairperson for the Communion Committee. You don’t have to be a deacon or elder to volunteer your time and it is a great way to make new friends and to become involved in the life of the church. Training would be provided and you can specify the months of the year that you would be available to serve. To request more information, please call the church office at 623-584-4602.

 

Blessings and peace,
Linda Bailey, Associate Pastor

 

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Last Published: May 25, 2019 4:33 PM
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