Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
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Upon Receiving Holy Communion
Please know that all baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion. This is not an Episcopal Table, it is indeed the Lord’s Table. You may receive Holy Communion in one or both kinds. A gluten-free wafer is available; please speak to the clergy prior to the service. If you do not wish to receive Holy Communion, please come forward for a blessing.
Now that it appears that Covid no longer has the grip on the population that it once did, and on the advice of experts, St. John’s will resume our pre-pandemic practice of distributing communion in both kinds at all services.
That means at the 8 am service, communicants may kneel or stand along the rail while Fr. Ron distributes bread (gluten free available), followed by Dn. Keith or a Lay Eucharistic Minister with the wine. Communicants may sip from the chalice, intinct the wafer themselves, or pass on the wine, as they feel comfortable.
At the 10:15 am service, the same arrangements will return. Fr. Ron and Dn. Keith will distribute the bread along the rail (Fr. Ron will have the gluten free wafers), and two Lay Eucharistic Ministers will offer the wine.
Also, if you have mobility issues, we can bring communion to you where you sit in the congregation. Just let one of the clergy know before the service starts (and taking an end seat in your pew helps).
Thank you, everyone, for your forebearance and sense of charity as we navigated this ever-changing path over the past three years.
O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servants, that our weaknesses may be banished, and our strength restored; and that, our health being renewed, we may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.