Arrangements for the Lord’s Supper

Arrangements for the Lord’s Supper

This coming Sunday morning, the Tarbert Congregation will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s supper in person for the first time in eighteen months. We have looked forward very much to being in fellowship together at the Lord’s table and remembering the death of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, in the sacrament that He instituted. As is customary there will be a preparatory service on Friday 17th September at 7.30 PM. This service will be led by the Rev Gordon Macleod, minister of Stornoway High Church of Scotland. We look forward very much to having Gordon with us on Friday evening to share with us from God’s word. All are welcome to this service. We will still be practising a 1-metre social distance in the church, and we will still be asking for contact details to comply with track and trace requirements.

The preparatory service also allows any who wish to profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to meet with the Kirk Session, who would be delighted to meet with any who desire to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and join us at the Lord’s table on Sunday morning. All that is necessary is to either remain behind after the service or come back in to meet with the elders and the minister. We would be delighted to meet and pray with you and welcome you into the Communicant membership of the Congregation. For that reason, we strongly encourage those who can to come to the preparatory service on Friday evening. The service will be live-streamed on Zoom and Youtube for those who cannot attend on the night.
On Sunday morning, 19th September, we meet at 11 o’clock for the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Unfortunately, as a result of the pandemic, changes have had to be made in the administration of the sacrament.

Those sitting at the Lord’s table will where possible, sit in the centre pews of the church sanctuary. We ask that a social distance of 1 metre be maintained with those, not in your family’ bubble’.
Every second pew will be left empty.
We cannot use common cups now, so we will use the smaller individual cups as in the past.
The elders will serve each person individually rather than passing plates and trays down the pews from person to person.
The minister and elders will adhere to other hygiene measures to prevent cross-contamination of the elements in administering Communion.

The pandemic has been challenging for all of us and has made it difficult for normal congregational life to proceed as usual. However, we are thankful to God for the opportunity to meet together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Those who cannot be present in person are encouraged and invited to join in with the service in your home.

‘For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.’

I Corinthians 11:26
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