How: Zoom (Link will be emailed a day or two before cermony)
Supplies: Bread*, Wine (or grape juice)**, Computer or Phone
- This zoom platform will be DIFFERENT than what we use on Sunday mornings. You will be seen and will be able to see all the others in the ceremony. Why? Unity is one of the huge and significant gifts that comes from receiving the Lord’s Supper.
- Your microphone will be muted when you enter. Please leave it muted. Feel free to wave to everyone. Use the chat box to ask a question if you have one.
What to expect:
- I expect this to be a 20-30 minute ceremony (but be gracious – we’ve never tried this before).
- I will be functioning as both pastor and coach. Pastor in that I’ll be leading the ceremony. Coach in that I’ll be encouraging you to do A LOT of repeat-after-me types of things.
- I highly encourage the head of the household to be the one who does most of the repeating after me. I will use this “head of the household” language during the ceremony.
- I’ll be gathered around my kitchen table with my family and will try to position the camera so that you can see them all. This is meant to be a family friendly time.
- I’ll give some words of blessing to be spoken over each child and youth that has not yet received communion instruction.
How to prepare:
- Prepare the elements ahead of time.
- *For the bread: I highly encourage you to use the recipe at the end of this document. (This is a great opportunity to include children. Talk about what you are doing and why communion is important.) As an alternative I encourage you to take any kind of bread that you have in the house. As a distant third (Jesus used bread), I’d suggest a tortilla or something similar.
- ** For the wine: I would encourage wine. Grape juice for those unable to have or find wine. As a distant third, I’d encourage any kind of juice. (Please note: if you let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) ahead of time we will prepare some grape juice for you and deliver to your house.)
- Have a conversation about who will be the “head of the household” and do the repeating during the ceremony. Or talk about how you might share that responsibility.
We believe that communion is a great gift to us. We receive the very body and blood of Jesus for our great benefit. When we receive Jesus, we also receive his forgiveness, unity with others and victory over sin and death.
Because this is such a great gift, we are making these special arrangements to receive communion. THAT said, communion is not a “have-to.” It is not absolutely necessary for salvation. It is a gift to be enjoyed. If you have any hesitation regarding the ceremony, please hear this: it’s ok, you do not have to participate.
WE WILL BE ABLE to celebrate this precious gift together again.
The recipe for unleavened bread:
2 cups + 2 TBSP flour
1 cup cold water
1/2 tsp salt
- Combine the salt and flour together in a large bowl. Stir in the water until the dough comes together. Knead for 5 minutes.
- Preheat skillet over medium-low heat.
- Pinch off 7 pieces of dough and form into balls. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface (approx 6-7-inch ovals).
- Cook on a hot skillet for 2 minutes on each side