As we move into our second weekend with virtual worship I’m reminded how blessed and sacred our time is together. Fr. Ben and I are looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 11:15am, hearing God’s Word together, praying with you, and receiving God’s goodness together.
Last week we prayed Morning Prayer together; this week we will do our normal Eucharistic liturgy, but with one significant change: we will participate in what is known as “Spiritual Communion” together.
What that means for us is that on Sundays, Fr. Ben or I will celebrate the Eucharist during online worship, and since we can’t all partake of the elements physically, we will partake “spiritually” by meditating on the sacrament and cultivating a fervent desire for it, asking Jesus to be present to you as he is in the sacrament, even while you are unable to receive it.
On Sunday we’ll talk more about why we are doing this and how it works, but if you’d like to read up on the history and practice of spiritual communion, here’s a good explainer. Think about it as “fasting from Eucharist” during Lent, if that’s helpful.
Here’s the link you need for tomorrow’s online worship:
On that page you’ll find the link to the online video conference as well as a link to download a printable liturgy for worship.
Feel free to come early (11am) to get situated and chat. We will begin promptly at 11:15am. See you all Sunday!
Darrell A. Harris says
Gentle Pastors –
Can yestermorn’s service still be viewed and/or heard, even now that is has concluded?
Darrell A. Harris
Matt Tebbe says
Hey Darrell –
Working on getting it up asap. Look for it to show up in our podcast feed and/or website.
Ben Sternke says
Hi Darrell, here’s a link to the entire recording. Note that the actual service doesn’t start until about 30 minutes into the call (people joined early to chat, just like they do on Sunday mornings when we can gather in-person). Note: this will auto-delete after 30 days, but here’s where you can view or listen to the worship service: