October 31, 2012 by Ben Irwin
Here we are, less than a week from Election Day. For those of you hosting an Election Day Communion service, that means now is a good time to start planning (if you haven’t started already).
There’s no one “right” way to hold an Election Day Communion service. None of us have ever done this before (except for Mark), so we’re all pretty much making it up as we go. If your denomination or church tradition already has a set communion liturgy, we suggest following that. Otherwise, why not create your own?
Most church leaders we’ve talked to are planning to devote 30-60 minutes to their services. For some, Election Day Communion will be as simple as a short eucharist and maybe a few prayers. Others may opt for the full works: prayers, singing, maybe even a short sermon. It’s up to you. (Just remember that many of your parishioners will, no doubt, be eager to get home so they can follow the election returns.)
Anyway, here are a few ideas to help get the ball rolling…
1. Check out our worship resources guide.
We’ve created a simple PDF with some suggested prayers, Scripture readings, communion liturgies, and more. Feel free to use, copy, and share this resource however you see fit.
2. Create (and share) your own ideas.
Many of you have come up with your own prayers, liturgies, bulletin inserts, etc., for Election Day Communion. Keep posting them to our Facebook page! We’d love to see them. (And we’ll continue to share a selection of them here.)
Also…feel free to use any of the images we’ve created as you design your own materials. You can find just about anything you need on our images page.
3. Capture the moment.
Starting on November 7, we’d like to share some of the highlights from your Election Day Communion service. So have a camera ready, and be prepared to capture the moment:
- Take a picture of your communion table/altar (during the service, if appropriate) and post it to our Facebook page.
- Ask a few of your parishioners to share (on camera) why they’re participating in Election Day Communion.
- Turn the camera on yourself and tell us what Election Day Communion means to you.
Whatever you do next Tuesday, we want to say a big thank you for sharing this journey with us. We hope this is the beginning of something much bigger, as the church declares its independence from the politics of polarization and reaffirms its first allegiance to Christ.