We’ve missed you!
Donuts… In my head I can hear the semi-trance state voice of Homer Simpson. A tasty dreamlike groan as he imagines savoring the delectable baked goods. Are you craving a donut yet? Good! You can come to worship this weekend and once again share in the joy of coffee, donuts and fellowship between services!
This weekend we will be providing donuts and coffee. In case you were wondering, we are aware that our coffee and donuts aren’t “world renowned”. The fellowship of believers you will experience around these normal, everyday treats is truly Heaven sent. Just one more example of how God uses the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary!
In Hebrews 10:25, God speaks to us through the author about the importance of fellowship and meeting together. When we are together, we can “encourage one another” and spur one another toward love and good deeds. The opposite of that we are warned against: “neglecting to meet together”. When we are apart, it is much more difficult to encourage one another.
I will admit, with the technological advances we have today it is much easier to reach out and reconnect with one another. At the same time, it is also much easier to feel alone and disconnected. Life seems to move at such a fast pace that many feel like they are being forgotten or left behind.
So, take a moment this weekend to stop and “meet together”. Coffee and donuts are optional!
In addition to the incentive to fellowship over coffee and donuts, another more important fellowship experience is returning. This weekend we will offer the option to come forward to receive Holy Communion. For the last two years we have been only offering Communion “in the pew”; this option will still be available. However, for those who desire to come forward as an act of worship, Communion will be available to be received from the pastor at the altar.
As we reinstate Holy Communion at the altar, it will look different than you remember. For many reasons we will be offering Communion in a different format than in the past. This will simplify the distribution and also make it consistent across all the services. We will consider further changes once the pandemic is fully in the past but, for now, we will still take into consideration several mitigation practices.
We hope this weekend will feel more like the community that is so valuable to our faith journey. We hope that these changes will encourage those who attend and inspire those who are uncertain to return to worship in person. Even if you may be concerned about a larger gathering like worship, hopefully these changes will cause you to consider how to reengage or take one more step closer to being in true Christian community and fellowship.
After all, it isn’t about the coffee and donuts; it is about our Lord who is at the center of it all. It is about one another as we are the representatives of Christ. It is about those far from God, whom God desires to draw near to Himself through us – you and me, His Holy Church.
Can’t wait to reconnect!
Pastor Erik Gauss