We will be gathering for a time of worship in the south parking lot of Two Rivers Church at 2:00 p.m. on November 29 and December 24. Everyone will be required to remain in their cars and the service will be broadcast via short-range FM radio.
The focus of the service will be the full Communion liturgy. The elements will be prepared in pre-packaged cups and distributed to people who remain in their parked cars. In addition to the Communion Liturgy. there will be music, Communion hymns, and a short devotional.
This service will be in addition to our weekly Worship at Home videos. The videos will continue to be released at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday on Facebook Live and our church website. I will assume that those who come to this service have already watched the worship video, so my time will be more of a short reflection as opposed to a full sermon. The entire service is expected to last around 30 minutes.
While many churches have been doing virtual Communion through their videos, I have been reluctant to do this because I believe an important part of Communion is the fact that we are gathered together. Over the last few months, it seems like every time we were on the brink of feeling comfortable gathering together, the news of the virus’s spread has pushed back our plans.
This time is no different. We were implementing a plan to gather inside the sanctuary on these dates, but the increased mitigation policies implemented by our state and supported by our Bishop and Cabinet have made that impossible. I believe this will be a meaningful experience and the first time since March for many of us to partake in the sacred act of Communion.
The Christmas Eve Parking Lot service will be similar in length and function as the November 29 service. I know that this is not an ideal situation, but given the facts of our current situation, I feel like it is the best option we have to come together and share in the bread and cup together.