I recently came across the proposal for a Twitter Communion service and its subsequent cancellation. As Pastor of Resurrection Online, I have spent a good deal of time considering how sacraments are made available for those that worship online. I am still working on articulating clear guidance for Resurrection Online attender.
This proposal is particularly intriguing to me as it is from a British Methodist, who shares a similar theology and founder in John Wesley. Here is a video of the proposal.
What are your thoughts, feelings or opinions about this Twitter Communion?
Last night I had the great opportunity to serve communion at KidsCOR for family communion which gives families an opportunity to receive communion together as a family. One of the interactions with the kids was priceless.
Child: (a few feet away, to Mom) What do I do?
Mom: You go get the bread first.
(Child receives bread from server. I kneel down and offer the cup of juice.)
Me: The cup of salvation for you. Dip your bread in the cup.
Child: (dips bread in cup and steps back a couple steps) When do I eat it?
Me: Right now. You can eat it right now.
Child: (exclaims) This is good juice!
Me: (recognize the profundity of his statement) It is good.
Communion is good. Christ for all is very goood news.
Click in Remembrance of Me is the title of an article that was published in Newsweek on November 3. I invite you to check it out as it provides my first exposure to online church or internet campus being addressed by what I would interpret to be a mainstream media outlet.
While having previously found a United Methodist who was willing to baptize via the internet, this was the first reference that I have seen to a United Methodist willing to give communion via the internet. The site which is referenced in the article, holycommunionontheweb.com, appears to have been taken down.
Another perspective to throw in the mix as we continue to think about an internet campus at Resurrection.
I am at the first session of the Open Source Liturgy Project hosted by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church in lovely Nashville. I flew in on Southwest Airlines this afternoon and had a great experience getting out of the airport and to the shuttle on to Scarritt Bennett where I will be staying for the next couple nights.
I am excited about the potential of this project to create and share liturgy for baptism, communion, weddings and funerals that will breathe a breath of fresh air into the worship of churches.
I will be taking notes with Google Docs and you can check them out here.
I read a post this morning that really piqued my interest:
Open Source Liturgy Project: Developers Needed
A call from the General Board of Discipleship for developers to work on an open source project for the texts of communion, baptism, service of Christian marriage and service of death and resurrection. I think that this has the potential to be an important part of the work of renewing the church.
Check out the post for more information on the project and how to submit your name, if interested in being a developer.
This wraps up the series on the benchmarking trip to LifeChurch.tv to look at their internet campus. I want to make sure you know where we have been and where we are going on this series. First, previous posts in this series:
Next week, I am going to respond to some questions about internet campus including:
- Why start an internet campus?
- What about sacraments?
- What about the Book of Discipline?
- What about the incarnation?
- How could the connection be utilized?
What else? I want to hear your hardest questions that you have when thinking about an internet campus and will seek to respond to each one. You can post a comment here or email me directly with the link in the About Me page. Thanks.
In November of last year, I read this post – Was the early church seeker sensitive? and have been thinking it over in my head ever since. Before you read further – check out the post then come back here to read on.
Michael raises an interesting point and one which I have continued to think about. Is it faithful or effective to have separate worship experiences or worship elements for non religious persons and Christian persons?
At Resurrection central campus, we have five services with the same teaching content at each service – people come at the beginning and leave near the end (sometimes just after the sermon…) There is no distinction in service times between those who are non and nominally religious and those who are in the middle of the journey of becoming a deeply committed Christian. Willow and Granger have separate service times for different communities. Stonewall Wesleyan Church has a distinct worship schedule based on different worship style and elements.
I believe that communion is a means of grace and should be available to all. What about other elements of a worship service? Other worship times? Do you think that it is faithful or effective to have separate worship experiences or worship elements for non religious persons and Christian persons?