Dear Transfiguration friends,
On the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 31, we will celebrate the Eucharist for the first time since Lent. We had hoped to share the Sacrament when we were back together again in the church, but we remain unsure about when that will next be possible. So, taking inspiration from the story of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit overcame barriers and boundaries to empower the Church, we have dreamed up a way to have communion as a community, even as we remain safely in our homes.
That morning, we will post the video of our Pentecost worship service, which you can view at or after 9:00 a.m. on Facebook or the church website, and in that service we will include the Eucharistic Prayer. However, we will pause the service after the Lord’s Prayer and the Fraction. Instead of distributing communion only to those present and receiving “spiritually” online, a team of volunteers, wearing masks and gloves, will help us carefully place communion into hundreds of small, clean pouches.
Then, a separate team of volunteers will come to the church and pick up a carefully organized set of communion packets, which they will deliver to the doorstep (no personal contact) of church members all over the Metroplex. In each packet will be the pouch with consecrated host, a small card with instructions and the liturgy, and a tiny Pentecost gift. But we will not consume the Sacrament right away; rather, the morning service will resume at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, led by the clergy and a handful of other ministers from our homes, and as a whole community, we will receive the Eucharist together!
If you would like to participate, we need you to notify us by Monday, May 25 . You may register in Realm (be sure to answer the questions). You will receive an email confirming your registration. Or, if you can’t access your Realm profile, contact Lana Mederos by email or at 972-233-1898, ext. 223. This is the only way we can be sure to send out communion to those who actually desire it and make arrangements for those who live in harder to reach locations (e.g. assisted living facilities, distant zip codes). You can also let us know if you would prefer to pick up your communion packet at the church.
I also want to be clear that, even if you are unable to watch the service online in the morning, or use Zoom to participate at 5:00 p.m., we will still send communion to you, and you can pray along with us in spirit, and receive the Sacrament along with the rest of the church. So, even those who struggle with technology are invited to participate.
Friends, the day will eventually come when we can once again gather together around our altar to receive the Eucharist. Until then, we know that the Holy Spirit is moving over the face of the world, and even now is binding us together. Though we are many, and though we may remain separated from each other for now, nevertheless, we are one Body. I remain thankful for the blessing of our church in these trying times, and I look forward to sharing this holy meal with all of you soon.
The Rev. R. Casey Shobe