“Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine.”
A United Methodist pastor typically will recite those words while consecrating the communion elements.
But can a virtual community be considered “gathered” together? If a pastor consecrates the bread and cup on my computer screen, does that blessing travel through the Internet to the juice in my fridge?
United Methodist leaders will tackle those questions and others when they meet Sept. 30–Oct. 1 to discuss the possibility of churches offering Holy Communion online.
Should churches offer #onlinecommunion?