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June 6: Worship and Communion

Dear Church Friends,

It has been a rough week at the Barr/Wright household. Early in the week, Silas became sick, including a fever. Just today (Saturday) we get back his covid-19 test: negative. It seems like some other virus. How he got it, we have no idea.

The threat of covid-19 led me to cancel our plan to have a live-streamed communion service in the sanctuary. I tried to set up live-streaming at home using Youtube, but this does not seem to be possible. I was able to upload a recorded communion service as a back-up. It is not at all what I wanted. But I pray, as it sometimes happens, that the worse the medium by which God is brought near,  the better we are able to see through it to the God beyond it.

Normally, I suppose we commune bodily with each other, and through each other, with God. This time we need to commune with God spiritually, and through God, with each other bodily. But we need whatever communion we can muster this week. My communion sermon is a meditation on some of the events we’ve seen this week, and the phenomenon of “taking a knee.” I hope it helps you put our church life amid our national life in a faith perspective.

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On this Trinity Sunday, I give you greetings  in the name of our triune God–the Source, the Goal, and the Means to it.

This is a beautiful morning, and the sun and wind and birdsong are like what the theologians call “vestiges of the Trinity.” Go out and take it in, if you can.

Then we can begin with a Call to Worship from Psalm 8: Call to Worship

Michael was looking forward to playing in the sanctuary again, as I was to preaching there; but he has again posted some lovely music to bring us into worship: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmyM5u3tallshjwCXsWALg

Please read Today’s Scriptures. They are both wonderful meditations on why we worship God as triune.

  • Philippians 2:1-11
  • Matthew 28:16-20

Since I cannot live-stream the sermon, please read it as a document: Take a knee

Let us pray together. Please look at the posted prayer concerns, also on the website.

And then you can bring your bread and cup to the table, and join me for a recorded communion service. I’ll be joining you live at home, with Jessica and Silas. It may not feel like real communion; but let’s remember that communion is always a “foretaste” of our heavenly banquet.

Youtube Communion service

Remember to do something this day to offer yourself to God. We are working on a fundraising effort to encourage giving to our church and charities doing much-needed work. We give thanks to God for gifts made to our parish hall food bank; please contact Marion or the church to enjoy this food.

And go forward today with the great Trinitarian blessing from 2 Corinthians 13: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”