Greetings in the name of Jesus! I miss you so much. You are truly family to me. I am getting homesick to be with you all. I cannot wait for the day we can gather in person again! I have some exciting news to share with you today!
Before that, I want to thank you for continuing to praise God by sending in your offerings and tithes. Your love for Jesus is very evident in your support for the work He is continuing to do through our church in the community! I praise God for you. Well done, good and faithful servants! Well done!
Now, for the big news! We are going to have Communion! Yes, you read that right! On Maundy Thursday (April 9), we will be open for Communion from 3 pm to 6 pm and on Easter Sunday (April 12) from 7 am until 10 am.
This is how we will do it: Stephanie and I will set up Communion (using gloves) under the portico in front of the church. We will have two of our folding tables set up. One table will have all the elements on it as an Altar. The other will be the table from which you take Communion. As you park your car in the parking lot, please make sure no one else is at the Communion table. If there is someone there, wait at your car before proceeding forward. Please wait at least six feet away from the serving table while I set the table for you. As you come forward, I will see how many people are in your family group. With freshly cleaned and gloved hands, I will place your wafers on a new paper plate along with individual cups of wine on the table. We will then pray together and I will consecrate the elements in your presence. If you have children that do not yet receive Communion, I will have you place your hand on them while we bless them together. Then I will bless and dismiss you. Please return to your car at that time. The table will be cleared and sanitized between each family, with the cups and plates being immediately disposed.
If you are not comfortable with this, please do not worry. Follow your conscience. As Luther says, it is not right or healthy to go against it. As you worship with us and hear God’s Word throughout the week, you are receiving the very same grace and forgiveness offered in the support. Remember, we are Word and Sacrament people. The Word is also a powerful means of grace.
I am so very excited about this! I cannot wait to see you! Indeed, this will be a joyous time for us! I pray you will be blessed by this.
I just want to remind you that we have food, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies at church for those who need them. If you need them we have members who can bring them to you. We can also have copies of the new quarter of Portals of Prayer delivered to you. If you cannot get out, we have members who will run errands for you! Please do not hesitate to call on me! If you have neighbors or friends in need, let me know! We will be glad to help them as well!
I am praying for you all! Jesus is with you! May He bless you and keep you safe and grant you good health. See you soon! I love you all!
In the shadow of the cross,
About the Author
Rev. Travis Pittock has served as the pastor of Christ Lutheran church since November of 2015, and in the Lutheran Church-Missouri synod since 2002.