Communion During Worship
Beginning the weekend of August 8-9, communion will be offered during our in-person worship services at both campuses. Communion will be offered in a “touchless” manner: Wafers will be placed in a “standing up” position in slotted trays so that each communicant takes their own wafer. Individual communion cups will be spaced out in trays so that each communicant takes their own individual cup. Lord, may Your body and Your blood be for my soul the highest good.
In addition to the weekly Brief Services held at both campuses, Pastor Phil and Pastor Mark are also available to bring communion to your home (usually outside on a porch or patio) or outside at either the Mission or Shawnee campus. Contact either of them directly to set up a time.
Any worship service at Trinity must be done in accordance with God’s Word. Worship in the midst of these challenging times requires a few additional considerations. Specifically, the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Commandments must be considered as we undertake any worship activity:
- Third Commandment: Does this activity honor God and facilitate genuine worship?
- Fourth Commandment: Does this activity show proper respect for and obedience to those placed in positions of authority over us, such as the governor, public health officials, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners?
- Fifth Commandment: Is this activity undertaken with a sincere desire to help our neighbor in every bodily need and to look out for our neighbor, loving our neighbor as ourselves? Are we showing proper concern for the health and welfare of others?
In these times, any worship activity must seek to balance the implications of these three commandments. We have designed a Brief Service of Confession and Communion (“Brief Service”) that considers these three commandments in a balanced way.
If you would like to commune but still feel that the risk level is too high for your medical situation, contact one of the pastors for other options.
Please maintain social distancing (six feet) at all times, including in the parking lot. Chairs will be set up six feet apart.
Please touch as few surfaces as possible.
As stated above, the Brief Service will last about 15 minutes and consist of invocation, confession and absolution, a brief spiritual thought, and Communion.
The Communion elements will be offered two ways: 1) traditional bread and wine prepared under stringent sanitary guidelines; 2) factory sealed individual bread and wine.
After receiving Communion, please leave immediately. Parking lot conversations are fine as long as social distancing is maintained.
A Final Word