Holy Communion

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!

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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3 Responses to Holy Communion

  1. Jesse says:

    Jim,
    My personal preference is weekly. Another option could be to serve communion weekly during one service and once a month during the other service.
    I would also like to see us have the Great Thanksgiving scheduled on a regular basis, say the first Sunday of the quarter, or Easter and World Communion Sunday.
    Jesse

  2. Bob says:

    Since we can only vote once, I feel like I need to do some ‘campaigning’. Having the opportunity to receive communion each week was one of the things that Mary Lynn and I really liked when we started attending North Star. In my opinion, communion is one of, if not the most important part of Sunday service. Our former church also went to serving communion only once a month. After that point, I felt like I was lacking something on those other Sundays.
    Bob

  3. Mary Lynn says:

    Let’s offer God’s grace each Sunday, each service through communion. It’s not just about us really, is it? Communion is just as important as many other parts of a service such as prayer, music, a sermon and an offering.

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