Photo of stained glass window in FBCP sanctuary depicting Jesus’ statement: I am the bread of life (John 6:48)

Over the past year and a half, we have observed communion from dining room tables and living rooms, from coffee tables and tv trays. From behind our screens, we have eaten crackers or bread and sipped juice or wine together, remembering the words of Jesus at the Last Supper. These experiences of online communion have been unique and meaningful, reminding us of the power of Christ to be with us even when we are not physically in the same place.

In recent months, we have begun resuming many of our activities, while continuing to observe COVID-19 precautions. This Sunday, August 29, we will observe communion as part of our worship service.

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus said. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:48, 51a)

Communion offers the opportunity to remember, in a physical and tangible way, how Jesus gave his body, his blood, his life, for us.  When we touch, taste, and chew the bread, when we hold and sip from the cup, we engage our own bodies and senses in this act of remembrance. Doing this together as a community, whether we are physically in the same room or connected through technology, reminds us that we are the body of Christ.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

I hope you will join us this Sunday for worship and communion at 10:45 am (or through Facebook or YouTube at a later time). For those gathering in person, our staff, deacons, and other volunteers have been making careful plans to observe communion with COVID precautions in place. For those joining us online, please prepare communion elements (juice and bread or crackers) so that you can also join us in communion.

Wherever we are and however we gather, Christ is with us.

Rev. Jennifer McClung Rygg

August 24, 2021