Another question from Question and Answer Sunday: “Why do we not occasionally have communion around [the] altar?” It’s a good question. For various reasons (which I would be more than happy to discuss with anyone who’s interested), the Worship Team has decided to continue to use intinction (dipping the bread in the cup) on Sunday mornings.
However, we understand that there are good and valid reasons why people might want to receive communion around the altar, so we’re starting a Wednesday evening communion service at 6:45 pm, beginning September 3, 2014. There will be a scripture reading, the communion prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, the receiving of the bread and cup at the altar rail (in the form of wafers and little cups), and a dismissal with blessing. We plan to be done in time for members of the choir to attend choir practice at 7 pm.
Update: A clarification would seem to be in order. We’re planning on having the Wednesday communion service every week at 6:45. At present, Jenny or I consecrate the elements for the Thursday prayer vigil every Wednesday afternoon. It’s more “theologically correct” to do so in a service that is open to all and thus it makes sense to have the communion service every week. And in answer to another question: children will be more than welcome at this service.