Dear Christ Church,
Sacrament and Prayer. These are two central ways we experience the presence of God and each other, and two invitations I want to extend to you.
One of my favorite things about serving Communion for the past twenty years is the privilege of placing the bread in your hands, proclaiming the truth of Christ’s sacrifice for you, while your countenance bears witness to the work of the Holy Spirit in you. I know all the chalice bearers and clergy also treasure this gift. Sometimes you come with pure delight, sometimes with contrition, other times with awestruck wonder, or occasionally with a heavy heart longing for the grace of God to be conveyed through the sacrament.
However you come to receive the sacrament, you do so standing shoulder to shoulder with brothers and sisters in Christ, lined up across the front, embodying another truth. We come as one body, with Christ as the head, united and reconciled to God and each other. And we all share in bread and wine that has been consecrated by a priest.
Though we can’t yet share in that exact way of sharing in communion, we are getting creative! We invite you to bring your own elements to the church for drive-thru consecration. We can still share a moment of encounter, priests and parishioners at 112 Medina St.; we can still share in sacraments consecrated at the church by a priest, and we will all share together in the moment of taking communion together, live, during the service on July 19th. Sign up here for a time slot to come to the church next week and have your elements consecrated.
Lastly, join some fellow parishioners for prayer in the next 24 hours during Prayer Vigil: The Cry of the Kingdom. It’s not too late! You can sign up for one of the Benedictine hours right here. There’s still room in the Saturday sessions to gather with others during this time of great need in our nation, church, and world, and to cry out for God’s kingdom to come on earth as in heaven.