Riverside County of Public Health has allowed churches to celebrate drive-thru Communion for Easter. This is great news and we are grateful for the opportunity to commune with our Risen Lord and with the Body of Christ, His Church!

As we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, please first join us for our Easter Worship Service at 9:30am at our YouTube channel.  

Afterward, from 11am – 1:00pm, we are inviting our members to drive by the church to receive Holy Communion from its pastors.  We will do so, striving both for the safety for our worshipers as well as observing the sacredness of the Sacrament. 

Here is how it will work:

  • We ask Families A-M to come between 11am to 12pm and Families N-Z to come between 12pm to 1pm.
  • PLEASE LIMIT FAMILY MEMBERS LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD TO DRIVE TOGETHER.
  • Worshipers will enter the upper parking lot to wait in line for their turn to receive communion.  Please keep your windows up until it’s your turn to commune.
  • There will be 2 Communion Stations, each one staffed by a pastor.  When you arrive at a Communion Station, please place your car in park and roll down your windows.
  • The pastors will keep 6 feet distance and lead your family through a brief liturgy which will include the Words of Institution. We will be wearing masks and gloves.
  • We are using individually sealed cups and wafers.  Once they are blessed, worshipers will open the first seal to receive the wafer, then the second seal to drink the cup.  
  • After Communion, there will be a Children’s Station for families.  Children will receive a special blessing and will be able to take home some fun activities.

THOSE WHO MIGHT CHOOSE TO REFRAIN

This unique form of celebrating Communion is meant to strengthen your faith and be a comfort for your soul!  However, there may be some who choose to refrain from participating.  These will include:

  • Anyone who is feeling ill
  • Anyone who may have been exposed to someone who has the Corona virus
  • Anyone who has traveled outside the United States in the past three weeks
  • Anyone who has underlying health issues
  • Anyone who may not feel comfortable communing in this way.  You have our blessing if you prefer to wait to receive the Lord’s Supper at the altar when we are able to worship together again in our sanctuary.

ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE CATECHSIM

Luther’s Small Catechism provides us with good guidance on how to receive the Lord’s Supper:

How often are we to receive the Sacrament?  Christ has not specified a particular timetable but invites us to come often to this Sacrament on account of the gifts He bestows her and our great need.  In the New Testament, the Sacrament was a regular and major feature of the congregational worship, not an occasional extra.  This practice continued in the church, and in Reformation times our church celebrated the Sacrament “every Lord’s Day and on the other festivals.” (“An Explanation of the Small Catechism” p.329)

What is the benefit of this eating and drinking? In the Sacrament, we receive a great treasure: the forgiveness of sins.  Our Lord’s words assure us that this treasure “is passed along and made our very own” when we receive His body and blood.  As Christians, we confess that the forgiveness of sins won by the death of Jesus on the cross is now delivered to us in the body and blood of Christ.  This is the most important gift that we can receive. (“An Explanation of the Small Catechism” p.331)

A FINAL NOTE

In this time, we continue to look to Jesus, our Good Shepherd.  He has promised to feed us, His sheep!  Be assured of God’s great love for you in Christ. 

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

If you have any questions or concerns, or desire to share with us a prayer request, please contact us at steven.borst@immanuelriverside.com