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Preacher's sermon was on foot washing. He had a basin of water on the chancel and carried a towel around with him through the whole thing. From the choir loft, I could see a lot of anxious faces in the congregation waiting to see what was going to happen next. When he announced there would be no actual foot washing, a corporate sigh of relief kind of swept across the place.
It was a fascinating day for me.I took the opportunity to preach/teach on sacraments in general and on communion in particular.However, we were also consecrating new chalices and patens that had been given in memory of one of the saints in the congregation (unfortunately, she had died shortly before I began my appointment last year). The daughter and son-in-law of the woman in whose memory they were given came foreward for the consecration and then served as communion stewards. After the service, she was visibly moved by the whole experience.I know it will be a World Communion Sunday I won't soon forget.
We focused on James 5:13-20 - the importance of the community of faith. The most powerful moment was a song leading into the scripture reading entitled "You are forgiven." Forgiveness, Prayer, and faith communities... a powerful combination.Gary Simshttp://www.ezraweb.com/community/blogs/blogview.php?member=GarySims
I did a Healing Service with Holy Communion. I have preached the James cycles throughout the lectionary and this was our concluding service. I used the service from the Book of Worship. Didn't really highlight World Communion Sunday.
My family and I were one of several who brought bread from our home to use in the service. I also arrived a couple hours early to bake bread in bread machines so the smell of fresh baked bread filled the service.My wife and I served as communion stewards. A woman who had arrived at the service rather late and harried as she escorted her children, said, in the hearing of my wife, that they had to come pray today. Her husband was back in jail. She cried as she took communion and as she sat with her children.My wife sought her out as the service closed and asked if there was anything we could do to help her or her children. She asked us to pray for them, and we surely will.
I was invited to perform my circuit rider sketch at a nearby U.M. church. After the drama, the pastor invited me, in costume, to help him consecrate the elements, using portions of a communion service that dated back to King Henry VIII.
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