Posted on in Celebrating our Ministries by The Rev. David Marshall
For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45
We follow Jesus who, though he was the Son of God, chose instead to empty himself and to serve rather than be served. Every Sunday our Eucharistic Ministers put on a white robe called an alb and serve the entire congregation. The purpose of the alb is to emphasize the role rather than the person. Eucharistic Ministers serve by reading the prayers of the people; they assist setting the table and with the distribution of communion.
There is a special feeling we get when we serve in the beautiful ritual of giving thanks and sharing the bread and wine. You really know that Christ is present as you offer the wine with each person who comes to the table. That simple blessing, “The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation,” repeated for each person opens your heart to experience the presence of Christ in the gathered community.
I am grateful for the ministry of our Eucharistic Ministers. Their service is an icon of Christ in our midst. You may be called to this ministry as well. If you would like to serve in this way, please speak to me or to Rica O’Connor. Our Eucharistic Ministers Pay it Forward by offering their service to the rest of us as we give thanks to God.
Yours in Christ,