These are difficult times. As COVID-19 continues to spread, we have been asked by our government officials to stay at home except to take care of essential needs. I am so thankful that, even when we are at home apart, we are able to stream our weekend services so that we can worship together online.
I have received several questions about whether we will be able to celebrate Communion while worshipping online. I know that in addition to physical needs like food, water, sleep, and exercise, we all have spiritual needs as well. Receiving the body and blood of Jesus is one of those needs that is essential!
We have been working hard to develop a plan for us to celebrate Communion together, even while we’re apart. We have consulted with the Church Council and the President of the Texas District of our church body, and both are supportive of this plan. I am happy to announce that this weekend, March 28 and 29, and then again next weekend, April 4 and 5, during our normal service times, we will celebrate Communion. Here’s what you’ll need to be prepared:
- Please have bread and wine or grape juice ready for whatever service you choose to stream. If you’d like to try to bake unleavened bread, I’ve included a recipe at the bottom of this note. This could be a great way to spend time together as a family!
- At the usual time during the service, I will speak the traditional words we say before Communion, known as the Words of Institution. However, this time, I will invite you to speak the words with me (the words will be on the screen). This will be a moment of unity for our beloved Concordia.
- After I speak the Words of Institution, you can pass the bread to each other, saying to each person, “Take and eat; the body of Christ for you.” Then pass the wine or grape juice to each other, saying to each person, “Take and drink; the blood of Christ for you.”
- If there is someone in your group who has not been confirmed or does not understand the significance of Communion, you can lay your hands on them and speak the opening words of the Benediction: “The Lord bless you and keep you.”
If you are living alone, staying home during this crisis can be lonely and even frightening. I am praying that our celebration of Communion will remind you that you are not alone! Christ is with you in this meal and our Concordia family is brought together in this meal!
Dear Concordia family, I miss you and I love you. I hope with all my heart that we will be able to be together in person soon. Until that time, though, I am so thankful that what unites us in Christ is greater than anything we face in this world.
I’ll see you online!
God bless you,
Unleavened Bread for Communion
- Prep 10 m
- Cook 10 m
- Ready In 20 m
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup water
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix flour, oil, and salt together in a bowl; add water and mix using a pastry cutter until dough is soft. Form dough into 6 balls and press into disks onto the prepared baking sheet using your hands.
- Bake in the preheated oven until bread is cooked, 8 to 10 minutes.