From Our Interim Rector

From Our Interim Rector: Eucharistic Visitors
The Rev. Joye Cantrell
Posted June 30, 2013

The Rev. Joye Cantrell

In the church there are many ministries. Fortunately, we are not all called to the same ministries, or we would never get things done. Our church is blessed to have a wonderful altar guild, fabulous musicians, smart teachers, great acolytes and worship leaders. Christ Church is blessed with many who feel called to read the scriptures and prayers of the people, and these people are called lectors. There are also members called to serve at the communion table by administering the cup: these people are called Eucharistic ministers or chalice administers.

There is another ministry called Eucharistic Visitors. These individuals are trained and licensed by the Diocese to take the sacrament from the church on Sunday to our members who are in the hospital or shut in at home or in a facility. In that way those who are unable to get to church are united with us “in one body, one spirit In Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.” We also use these words in Eucharistic Prayer D: “Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your name.”

We have communicants who are being trained for this special ministry. In the next few weeks this congregation will send Eucharistic Visitors out to take the sacrament to our shut-ins. The first two members who are licensed to do this special ministry are Allan Dear and Phyllis Holland. They will be commissioned at church and then will go forth from the altar to take the sacrament out into the world.