Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ,
Recently there have been many conversations taking place at St. James regarding Eucharist.
This past Sunday during the Adult Education time, I shared a progress report of the Sacramental Practices Task Force. This group, which you are invited to attend on Monday night March 7 at 8:00pm, is exploring the ways we gather as a community for our Eucharistic celebration. Recommendations such as frequency, starting age, who is welcome at the Table, and method of distribution are in the process of being formed and will be shared with the congregation in May before they are presented to Council for action.
On Tuesday night, Pastor Will and I met with the fifth graders helping them prepare to receive their First Communion. What joy this time was! Teaching First Communion is a real treat. The boys and girls bring with them such enthusiasm and excitement. My prayer for them is that they will continue to look forward to receiving the Real Presence of Christ for the rest of their lives.
This coming Sunday, March 6, we will gather at the Altar Table for Eucharist. Together we will celebrate the Festival of Transfiguration. We’ll remember the story of Jesus’ being on the mountain top with Peter, James, and John. It is the last Sunday before our Lenten journey begins and it anticipates the glory of Easter. After our second worship we’ll gather around another table for a Congregational Potluck. Together we will celebrate the overwhelming positive response of the congregation to our Mission Budget 2011 crises. There will be good food, great conversation, balloons for the kids, and maybe even a little magic. Bring a dish to share and share in the joy.
On March 13, the First Sunday in Lent, there will be a special Training Lunch for Eucharist Servers. If you have ever helped to serve communion or if you ever thought you might like to do so, this is your chance to sign up for this meaningful service. Together we’ll talk about basic Eucharistic theology and walk through what is involved with serving communion. Everyone, from youth to adults, are invited to come. Bring your calendars and we’ll sign you up for an upcoming worship.
Starting on Ash Wednesday and throughout the season of Lent (on Sundays and Wednesdays) we’ll have Eucharist each time we gather for worship. Our Lenten theme, Come to the Table to be Made Whole, will invite further reflection on Eucharist and how we encounter the healing Presence of God as we eat and drink in God’s Word. In today’s “snail mail” a Lent brochure is being sent out that lists many different opportunities for your household to grow spiritually this Lent. I look forward to this journey and our ongoing conversations as we gather around many different tables.
See you in worship,
The Rev. Walt Lichtenberger, S.T.M. - Pastor
St. James Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN
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