From Mother Pippa 3.3.2020

We had an incredible Lent Fair on Sunday! Thank you to Liz Riedel and her team for such a wonderful event. Highlights included a resurrection tomb, egg animals, sand art and Jesus fish stained glass.

 

This Saturday is the Lent Quiet Day. All are welcome to come and pray and reflect in silence. Join us at 9 a.m. for coffee and muffins, at 9:15 a.m. we’ll have morning prayer, and then go into an hour and a half of silence. We’ll close at 11 a.m. with Eucharist.

Other Lenten classes include: Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. (Shalom for the Heart), Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (Living Compass), and Wednesday evenings – 6 p.m. Evening Prayer, 6:30 p.m. Soup Supper, 7 p.m. Healing Prejudice.

 

I heard from people concerned about corona virus and drinking from the common cup at communion. As always, if you are feeling ill, please take the wafer and cross your arms across your chest instead of sipping the wine. It is full communion to have one element of communion or the other.

Whenever there is an illness outbreak, people ask about intincting (dipping the wafer into the wine). While I understand why this might seem preferable, the CDC and others have repeatedly pointed out that the high alcohol content of the wine, and the repeated wiping, actually makes sipping from the cup the safest way to partake. Dipping means touching the wafer with your fingers before putting the wafer in the wine (and some people unfamiliar with dipping get their actual fingers in the wine). I wash my hands before the service and rinse them before distributing communion, but we can’t guarantee that everyone dipping has done so.

I also have Purell behind the altar should any chalice bearers or bread distributers wish to cleanse their hands before communion.

If you are worried about getting sick, you would actually be better served to wave at people during the peace, and drink from the cup during communion. I would be happy to talk to you further if you’d like.

 

Prayers and blessings,

Mother Pippa