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Serving Communion: One Woman’s Perspective
The following was submitted by a sister in Christ who asked to remain anonymous. I think you will be encouraged by her reflections on a recent experience serving communion. – Byron
In Churches of Christ, women have traditionally had no part in the Sunday morning service. When I learned that women would be participating in serving communion, I did not plan to be involved. However, upon further reflection I agreed to do so for two primary reasons: 1) I want to be a team player and 2) I believe it is important for our children to see both men and women serving the body of Christ in our worship assembly.
My thoughts were fairly pragmatic. I did not expect to find serving communion to be an uplifting experience, but it truly was for me. Serving communion provided me with these three realizations:
- When I held the tray in my hand and looked down at the “bread”, I was struck with a sense of awe that I was serving my church family a symbol that represents what is most precious to everyone of us – Jesus. I had an awareness of how special and unique it is for us to all join together in those few moments to focus on Him. I had a sense of joy in being able to serve that I did not expect at all.
- I was also impressed by the system that the men who serve week after week have put into place to allow for the passing of the trays to flow with such ease. If you have never been back there, you would have no idea how complicated the communion process is. However, those men that work every week have created a system that makes it seem so simple.
- Last of all, I felt a sense of welcome by those that regularly serve communion. I received some instructions but I also had questions because frankly I felt nervous. My questions were all answered and those that regularly serve were reassuring and encouraging.
I wanted to share this because I wanted the “regulars” to know that while their work is unseen, it is important and I, for one, have a new appreciation for the service that you provide each week. I also wanted to encourage women that want to serve, but feel intimidated to consider volunteering. For me, it was an experience that reminded me we are the “body of Christ.”
A Sister in Christ