Online Worship includes Holy Communion

Hello friends of Faith,

Starting this Sunday, September 12, the online service will include the celebration of the sacrament, Holy Communion. Those who have participated, since late last year, in a weekly Communion service online via Zoom, found this practice a source of strength and hope during the challenging times of the pandemic.

I would like to widen the circle and offer this opportunity to you as well, especially if you haven’t yet participated in Communion since the pandemic started. You are welcome to create a holy space at home (light a candle, sit by the window, find a quiet place, set a table before you with bread and cup). You may invite those with whom you live to join with you. And when in the service it comes time to give thanks for Christ’s loving presence, I will guide you to eat the bread and drink from the cup.

I also want to make it clear that you don’t need to participate in Communion. A couple folks who attended the weekly Zoom Communion service just wanted to watch and prayerfully observe with others who did consume bread and cup from their homes.

The service begins at 10am. Using your computer or other internet-connected device, here are the different ways and options you have to connect to the online service:

  1. Website – go to https://www.faithottawa.ca/ and click on ‘online services‘ to see this week’s service. You can also click the link to see past services.
  2. Facebook – go to https://www.facebook.com/Faithottawa or go to Facebook and search for “FaithOttawa”. A link to the YouTube video is posted each week an hour before the stream begins.
  3. YouTube – All our online worship services stream from our YouTube channel. This is the primary way to connect to a live-streamed service. You can either click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWmgWxrirgduXKDKpOFJvg/videos; or, in your internet browser go to YouTube.com and search for “Faith Lutheran Church Ottawa”.
  4. Twitter – go to https://twitter.com/FaithOttawa or follow @FaithOttawa on Twitter to get the link which is posted each week an hour before the stream begins.

I hope you can still avail yourself of this opportunity to remain connected within our congregation and God, as we continue to live through the waning months of the pandemic. Please let me know if you have any concerns connecting to the online service.

And stay tuned for more opportunities to connect, onsite and online, in the weeks to come.

Peace be with you,

Pr Martin

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