Sometime ago I read the following note in the Mennonite World Review:
“Since 2008, it has become a custom in some churches (in the U.S.) to hold a communion service on election day. First held at a Mennonite church in Waynesboro, Virginia, the Election Day Communion practice spread rapidly so that by election day of 2012, nine hundred churches from most Christian denominations from all 50 states were participating. It is now recognized as a rapidly growing movement. “The practice of communion is an inherently political act,” says co-founder Mark Schloneger. “It is both a pledge of allegiance to Jesus and a declaration of independence from all other powers making claims on our bodies, minds, and souls” (from Mennonite World Review, October 17, 2016).”
As our Adult Education class works its way through the book of Revelation this Fall, I am reminded that the key theme of the book is: Whom will we worship? Just as the early church had to be clear about her faith in the midst of the powerful Roman empire, so too we are to be clear about our ultimate allegiance.
We are grateful to live in a democracy and to have a say in governance by casting our ballot. All of this is good and important. But celebrating communion before we go to vote can also be a reminder, and perhaps a witness, to our affirmation that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Therefore, after some discussion we have decided to celebrate an Election Day Communion in our church on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 am. It will be a short (20 minutes or so) service of scripture reading, prayer, and feasting. We invite you to participate.