Extending the Table: Cabinet Communion

Cabinet Communion

Extending the Table Liturgy

Schedule for 2022

Each service begins at 8 am

Oct. 2 
Jill Colley Robinson

Nov.  6  
Jackie Brannen
 
Dec. 4 
Wanda Santos-Perez

 

 

Knowing that many congregations today do not have an appointed pastor with the privileges to preside at the communion table — and knowing that these congregations long for the spiritual nurture of eucharist just as much as any other follower of Christ — the following liturgy has been adapted to allow pastors to consecrate elements for another lay-led congregation. 

Find the liturgy

As an additional resource, members of the Cabinet will take turns leading a virtual worship service with communion on the first Sunday of the month. The services will take place at 8 a.m. via Zoom. The schedule appears above.

Any churches/faith communities that do not currently have someone appointed to preside at communion and who cannot make arrangements with a nearby church to extend their table as described above are encouraged to send someone to this service via phone or computer to both receive communion and have elements blessed for the regular worship service on that same day.  

Please use the liturgy (link above) when sharing consecrated bread and juice with congregations without a presider. 

How to participate 

Each month there will be a different  Zoom link. The link for the next upcoming service will be posted here:

Topic: Extending the Table
Time: Oct 2, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
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More about the concept of shared communion

In his book titled “Extending the Table: A Guide for a Ministry of Home Communion Serving,” Mark Stamm explains the traditional, historical, pastoral, and theological reasons why United Methodist clergy and laity can directly take consecrated communion elements to “unwillingly absent individuals” from a worshipping community; but cannot take communion to another congregation without an appointed pastor (Stamm 108).

The rule against extending Communion to entire congregations preserves the important link between the Communion liturgy and receiving Communion itself. … we have come to understand that we encounter Christ’s presence through the unfolding of the entire liturgy — gathering, praising God, hearing and responding to the Word, confessing sin and making peace, offering and giving thanks, receiving Communion, and going forth in mission (Stamm 108).

He argues that a homebound person is essentially part of the worshipping community, and members of their community are extending the table to them. When elements are consecrated and preserved for another congregation or a later occasion, there is “too great a separation between the action of the congregation and the reception of communion” (Stamm 124). This is called reserved sacrament. United Methodists extend the table, but do not reserve sacrament (Stamm 123-124).

Stamm, Mark. Extending the Table: A Guide for a Ministry of Home Communion Serving. Discipleship Resources, 2009.