Please join us for a Maunday Thursday service tonight, Apr 9, 2020, at 7:30pm.
You can use this link:
or, alternatively, open your Zoom app and insert the following numbers when asked:
Meeting ID: 238 062 229
Given that Assembly Standing Committee has given permission to celebrate communion at home during this period of social isolation, we will observe the usual Maunday Thursday eucharist. Participants will need to have the elements at hand, but they need not be restricted to bread and wine. Bread and wine became part of the tradition because these were the common elements of Jesus’ culture. It is entirely appropriate, in my mind, to use whatever elements represent the basic building blocks of life in your own culture; e.g. a cup of tea and a scone, coffee and Tim Tams, saki and rice or, if you are a fast-food junkie, it might be a Big Mac and Coke. The sacredness of the elements stem from their capacity to represent life and joy to you. More about Holy Communion (the Eucharist) can be found on this website at “Minister/Words of the Word/Sacrament”
OTHER NEEDS FOR THE MAUNDAY THURSDAY SERVICE
In addition to the communion elements, it will be helpful to your worship experience if you have candle, which will be lit during the service. Any candle will do.
If you are going to have someone with you, you will be invited to wash one another’s hands. Traditionally, feet are washed on Maunday Thursday, but this year hand washing has become a symbol of the experience of living through a pandemic, and so this mutual washing has a double reference. In order to share in this part of the service, you will need to have a bowl or basin with water and a towel for drying.
or, alternatively, open your Zoom app. You will need to insert the following numbers when asked:
Meeting ID: 110 977 634
Of course, the text of these services and audio files will also be posted as usual.