March 31st, 2017 by Christopher Caudle
As part of the 10 o'clock service, and as part of our Confirmation classes, Bishop Carl will lead us in an Instructed Eucharist. This is an opportunity to have a guided description of the elements of our weekly celebration of Communion. We will have an instructed liturgy (for the first part of the service) in future weeks. You can see an overview of our whole service here.
Two things can aid us as we share this Holy Communion on Sunday. First, listen for the good news of Jesus Christ and be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit as we move through the prayers. The prayers speak to God and ask Him to act among us. Second, don't settle just for understanding when we are invited to participate and experience communion with Christ. Let the description deepen rather than replace your worship.
In addition, we will be dedicating and asking God's blessing upon new altar linens, acolyte albs, and Prayer Books for service in the church. A short prayer for years of future service.
The altar guild and many others prepare for our gathered worship each week with others in mind. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer describes the preparation for Holy Communion in this way.
"The Table at the Communion time having a fair white linen cloth upon it,
shall stand in the body of the Church" BCP 1662
A simple sentence hiding hours of weekly ministry. Preparing for the celebration of Communion each Wednesday and Sunday and for the other services of the church. The bread and wine, the chalice and paten, with candles trimmed and burning week by week. If you are willing to serve in essential and mostly hidden ministry, call the church office or ask a guild member.
Thanks to Whitney Neubecker and Gordon Hunt for their gifts of photography during services. They are helping us prepare a slide show for Maundy Thursday.
As we continue to seek God through worship, word and in prayer, we hope that this opportunity to see all three woven together at our Lord's Table will be a blessing to you.