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Communion

 

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
~Luke 22:19-20

 

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Communion Instructions- Regular

Elders should assemble in the Narthex during the hymn following the sermon. Line up according to numbers shown on the assignments for Elders Serving Communion diagram, noting your partner beside you in line, as well as the person in front of or in back of you with whom you will be serving. The pitcher and a loaf of uncut bread will be on a table in the narthex, along with two extra bread trays and two extra juice trays. The loaf of bread will be carried by server #7 (8:30 service) and #13 (11:00 service) and presented to the minister on the left hand side of the Lord’s Table. The pitcher will carried by server #8 (8:30 service) and #14 (11:00 service) and given to the minister on the right hand side of the Lord’s Table. The pitcher should be presented to the minister so that the minister can receive the handle with his or her left hand.

For the initial entry into the sanctuary, Elders #1 and #2 for both services carry the offering plates forward. At the beginning of the Doxology, the two lead Elders (#7 and #8 at the 8:30 service, and #13 and #14 for the 11:00 service) will proceed forward with the bread and juice and hand them to the ministers at the Communion Table. They will then proceed to their assigned front row seats. The last two Elders (#1 and #2) will carry the offering plates forward and deliver them to the ministers at the Communion Table, then descend the steps and proceed to their assigned front row seats. All other Elders will go directly to their assigned front row seats and remain standing until all Elders are in place and the minister has instructed all to sit.

On cue from the minister, stand in unison. Proceed to the Communion Table to receive the elements from the ministers. Elders #7 and #8 will go first at the 8:30 service, and Elders #13 and #14 will go first at the 11:00 service. All other Elders will follow, moving from the outside chair to the center. Receive the elements from the minister and then turn toward the center, face the front and proceed down the stairs. As you descend the steps toward the pews, observe the position of the Elder that you will be serving with, and attempt to move in unison. As you pass the elements down each pew, speak the words to the first person, “The body of Christ”, or “The cup of salvation”. For the 11:00 service, Elders #13 and #14 proceed to the balcony. Others move to assigned beginning locations marked by a star on the chart and double black tape (8:30 service) or single black tape (11:00 service) placed near the base of the pew. Serve together with your partner until your section is completed. Return to the narthex together, resuming your original places in line. On cue, return to the chancel and hand the bread tray to the minister and then turning outward, return to stand at your seat until cued to sit.

At both the 8:30 and 11:00 services, Elders #1 and #2 will serve the ministers when they return to the chancel. In this procedure, Elders #1 and #2 will wait near the base of the stairs until the other Elders have given either the bread plates or juice trays to the ministers and have returned to their seats. Elders #1 and #2 will pause at the base of the stairs until all of the other elders have returned their plate or tray to the ministers who will be standing behind the Lord’s Table. Elder #1 will then go around the left hand side of the table and serve the minister on that side of the table. The minister will take the element and place it on the table and then receive either the plate or tray from the elder. Elder #2 will go around the right hand side of the table and serve the minister on that side of the table using the same procedure as was described for elder 1. Both elders will then return to their seats to be served by the ministers in the same manner as has been done in the past.

When the service is completed, please take the buckets from under the chairs, collect the cups and return them to the Sacristy. If there is no bucket under your chair, come to the Communion Table and help to return the chalice, pitcher and all bread plates to the Sacristy for washing. Resetting of the juice trays is now done in the double Sunday school classroom close to the Sacristy. The trays should be taken to that classroom. The help of a few servers in resetting the trays would be much appreciated. The work goes quickly with extra hands! Two people should carefully fold the Communion cloth and return it to the Communion room.

Communion Instructions- Intinction

Throughout 2018, Communion will be served by Intinction in January, February, on Maundy Thursday, May, June, August, September, November, December and at the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service. The congregation comes forward to be served by the elders and ministers. Elders will hold the plates of bread, and the ministers (or an elder) will hold the cup. The congregation is greeted with the words, “the body of Christ” or “the bread of life” as they take the bread, and “the cup of salvation” as they dip the bread into the cup. The number of stations (each with one minister and one elder or with two elders) depends upon the expected attendance. There are two stations at the 8:30 a.m. service, on Maundy Thursday, and on Christmas Eve. At the 11 a.m. service, there are five stations (four in the chancel area and one in the balcony). The chancel area stations are located in front of the pulpit (served by one elder and one minister), two at the center aisle in front of the communion table (served by two elders), and the fourth, in front of the baptismal font (served by one elder and one minister).

Elders will assemble in the Narthex during the hymn after the affirmation of faith.

At the 8:30 a.m. service, the ushers will enter the sanctuary ahead of the elders. They will carry the offering plates to the ministers. When the ushers are about half way down the aisle, the two elders will bring the bread (elder on the left) and the pitcher (elder on the right) into the sanctuary. After the ushers have given the offering plates to the ministers, the elders will present the bread and pitcher to the ministers and then take their seats on the front pews.

After the liturgy, the ministers will signal the elders to approach the table, receive the elements, and proceed to their stations. The elders will serve the bread, and the ministers will serve the juice. After the congregation has been served, each pair of ministers and elders will serve one another. The ministers will then take the plates of bread from the elders and return the elements to the table. The elders will take their seats.

At the 11 a.m. service, there will be eight elders. The first two elders will bring forward the bread and the pitcher, and the last two elders will bring forward the offering plates. All elders will then proceed to their seats on the front pews. When the ministers signal the elders to approach the table, the two elders who are serving the balcony will proceed directly to the narthex where they will receive a plate of bread and a cup. At the stations in the sanctuary, the elder serving the bread should stand nearest the center aisle, and the minister or elder holding the cup should stand nearer the outside aisle. After the congregation has been served, each pair of servers will serve one another. The ministers and elders holding the cups will then take the plates from their serving “partner” and will return the cup and plate to the table. The remaining elders will move to their seats and will sit down once all elders are back in place.

At the conclusion of the 11:00 service, elders are asked to assist the communion coordinators with removing and washing the serving vessels in the sacristy and with folding the communion cloth and carefully returning it to the large hanger in the sacristy.