Are there any sick among you? Let them call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up.— James 5:14–15.

The people who pick up a little black kit at the altar rail near the end of the service on second and fourth Sundays are Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs). LEMs bring the Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend a Sunday service because they are ill, infirm, home with a newborn, etc. Following communion, LEMs go forward to the altar to receive the vessels containing the consecrated bread and wine. In turn, they will carry this to members of the Body of Christ who have been unable to attend church services so that they, too, may partake of our common meal. As LEMs, we feel that this ministry has enriched our lives, as it opens us up to the suffering, pain, and acute needs of others. This ministry to others is an expression of Christ’s ministry to them; it is, in fact, one of the ways God touches others — through us.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers On June 23, seven of our sixteen LEMs were commissioned at the 9:00 a.m. service. After they read their act of commitment, “may Almighty God keep his arms around me and infuse me with the love and joy of the Holy Spirit as I carry the sacrament of Christ’s presence to our sisters and brothers who cannot be with us in body but are never separated from us in spirit. I promise to carry the prayers of this congregation with me to those who are shut in but not shut out of our common meal,” the congregation prayed for them and promised to support their work, “may you carry the prayers of all of us as you take the sacrament of Christ’s presence to our brothers and sisters.”

Do you seek a deeper relationship with God? Are you being called by God to this ministry? To learn about serving, or if you wish to receive Holy Communion, contact Kathy Zwald at 203-1234 or kzwald@aol.com. The next LEM training will be held in September and again in November, stay tuned for more information.

Lay Eucharistic MinistersPhotos by Prentiss Sawyer

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