Holy Communion is one of those topics and rites that we all have an opinion about. Call me bold but I would guess that if you gather 200 people together and talked about communion you would get 200 different opinions. So let me explain the rationale behind the survey.
During our feedback and round table discussions in preparation for the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) consultation some questions regarding communion were raised. Enough of them surfaced that I felt it was time for us to revisit Holy Communion as an act of worship and the frequency.
Now my personal bias is toward weekly communion and that is because we are the place people come to experience God’s means of grace. It is naive to think that a guest would know to come on the first Sunday of the month because that is the only Sunday communion is served. The reality is that we have several folks who come the other weeks of the month and we have people from varied traditions as well. For me as one who is looking at this holistically – weekly is the open and inviting way to go.
I also understand the additional responsibility that places on us as a worship community – providing and preparing elements every week for two services and finding communion servers for each service along with disposition of the elements following worship.
But rather than just make an arbitrary decision regarding communion, I thought it better to ask for you feedback. I have created a survey to ask your preference.
1) You prefer that we continue to serve communion weekly and as part of the worship service.
2) You prefer that we serve communion on the first Sunday of each month during the worship service and the remaining Sundays of the month it can be available off to the side administered after worship is over for those who want communion weekly.
3) You prefer that we serve communion on the first Sunday of each month and not have it available the remaining Sundays either as part of worship or as a private moment after worship.
These are the three options that I am putting out before you. Please take a moment to pray over and go to the survey to vote. Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KP2XLL6
Please vote once per confirmed member of your household. I will leave the survey open until next Wednesday and then communicate the results to everyone.
Thanks for participating and as always – blessings for the journey!