“You can have all this world, just give me Jesus.” This is a much loved hymn at our contemporary service. These words seem to speak differently to us now. Today the economic outlook was very gloomy for the second quarter of this year. Companies are going under and unemployment is high. This is not intended to make a political point but emphasis something pastors have been and are experiencing. As time drags on and matters seem to be compounded, people are almost begging for Holy Communion. I speak truth when I say that pastors have been and are struggling to do this safely and theologically soundly.
This Sunday our church will offer a Holy Communion service in the parking lot. I am going to openly say that it stretches the theological understanding of communion at the corners. We will not be the first to offer such an opportunity. We gather around the word and sacrament. We will not have common bread and wine but I am going out on a limb and saying that Jesus will be in, with, and under the communion event.
All that talk may not mean much to you. I was speaking to a friend who works for NASA. I sent him a theological discussion between two well-known and established theologians in America discussing the Christian understanding of God. He sent me back a message that he lost track of the discussion in the first two minutes. I told him that I didn’t understand rocket science. He messaged back that all you need to know is that the cone points up and the propulsion rockets point down.
What I can promise you is that Jesus will be present in the bread and wine when we celebrate communion this Sunday in the parking lot. Bring any form of bread that you wish and any wine or grape juice that you prefer. We will gather as a community around this long awaited meal that feeds our hearts, minds, and souls. Bring your friends. They can come in their own vehicles. Don’t compromise your family and friends if you are not sure.
A note to all those who come, we do not leave our cars. There are no bathrooms. The service takes 35-45 minutes. Tune your FM radio to 88.7. We will begin on time at 9:00 a.m. As the front parking lot fills, you can park around the building. After the service, leave directly. These are rules that we have followed for weeks and we have never had an issue. They are put in place to keep us safe. We love you and want to keep on loving you. (Conway Twitty or REO Speedwagon).
We all hunger for God’s promise and presence. He has never left us and never will. That has been promised in our baptism. But this Sunday we will be assured of that promise in the breaking of the bread and drink of the wine.
In HIs Service