July 5, 2020
God welcomes us all to a table of grace.
In recent months, we have each been focused on adapting to unusual circumstances and learning to take part in valued activities in new ways. This coming Sunday, RHUMC is introducing an option for participating in Holy Communion via a combination of online worship and elements that have been consecrated by your pastors.
The July 5 worship service will be recorded with the pastors saying the familiar prayer and offering the beloved words of the communion liturgy over a large supply of bread and grape juice. The bread (in separate sandwich bags) and juice (in small cans), will be in paper bags placed at and around the communion table. There will be one for every household which sends us an RSVP.
Having made a reservation, you will then come to the church campus either on Saturday, July 4, between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, to collect your bread and juice supply from a table adjacent to the parking lot OR you will stop by on Sunday, July 5, between 8:00 am and 10:00 am to accomplish your pick-up. If you would like to participate in the Lord’s Supper but are unable to drive to the church to collect your household’s bread and juice, a volunteer will deliver it for you. We will do our best to make sure that everyone within reasonable range of the church has the supplies they need.
Holy Communion RSVP
Please click on one of the links below to reserve a communion bag:
SATURDAY, JULY 4 – I will pick up between 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
SUNDAY, JULY 5 – I will pick up between 8:00 am &10:00 am
PLEASE DELIVER – I am unable to pick up
When you are ready to worship on Sunday, July 5, you will prepare by pouring your grape juice into a cup of your choosing and placing your bread on a plate. You will start the worship service as is your custom, by pressing the “play” arrow on the homepage at RHUMC.org or on the church’s YouTube channel. As the service progresses, you will be guided by the pastors to break the bread and share it along with the cup.
If you are geographically distant, you may choose to purchase your own bread and juice. We will trust that the prayers of consecration are effective even at a distance, and that as we worship together, using the means available to us, we will be joined in God’s Spirit.