Communion is a traditional Presbyterian sacrament, served by Elders or Deacons, to communicants at their pews during our 9 AM worship service.
This Celebration of the Lord’s Supper will be served on these dates for 2015:
January 11 Baptism of the Lord
February 22 First Sunday in Lent
March 29 Passion/Palm Sunday
April 2 Maundy Thursday
May 24 Day of Pentecost
October 4 World Communion Sunday
November 22 Christ the King Sunday
December 20 Fourth Sunday of Advent
The Lord's Supper is a weekly part of the Back Door Church worship experience, (begun in 2002,) when a Teaching Elder (the PCUSA's new term for an Ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament) is present. Using the ritual of the Iona Community, everyone is served by the ancient ritual of intinction. The ritual of intinction (from the Latin, intinctio, for baptism) is the administration of the sacrament of Communion by dipping bread in wine and giving both together to the communicant.
The Iona Community, founded in 1938, is an ecumenical Christian community of men and women from different walks of life and different traditions in the Christian church. Its headquarters are in Glasgow, Scotland, but its main activities take place on the island of Iona.
A Time For Healing and Wholeness
We experience a Time for healing and Wholeness at both services, on those Sundays when the Celebration of the Lord's Supper is included in our 9 AM traditional worship service.
The New Testament tells us clearly not only to pray for the sick, but to lay our hands on them as we pray, and Jesus himself did this many times. We know that in our daily lives, it is often touch…that lets us know that we are loved. Touch, often more than words, is a way of giving physical expression to our prayers and concerns for each other.
Those coming forward for prayer for healing may not be ill physically—our past experience of hurt, our tangled emotions, and our inability to forgive and to receive forgiveness all makes us less than whole and in need of healing. Some coming forward may bring concerns for other people in need of healing. Through the love and care of us all, God can act…healing and restoring. We trust God to answer our prayers for healing, but we do not know how or when our prayers will be answered. We simply trust God to act in love for us, out of a deeper knowledge of our needs than we ourselves have… In this ministry of healing, we are in no sense rejecting the work of medicine, which is also the gift of God.
Prayer is not an alternative, but a complement to other forms of healing, and a recognition that healing comes in many ways, and is finally concerned with wholeness and not simply cure.
From the Iona Community Worship Book, 1988.