Our theme for the month is Hospitality as we ‘get ready for guests‘ as a church community. One way that we practice hospitality is to prefer, or to prioritize someone else’s preference.
As Methodists, we practice an ‘open table’ where everyone is welcome. That means I don’t have to be a member of the church, I don’t have to sign a doctrine statement, and I don’t have to be a Methodist in order to take communion.
All are welcome.
The glitch, however, is that we use a method of communion called ‘intinction’ which is a fancy way of saying that we dip the bread in the cup.
The only problem with this is that you can’t have gluten bread and gluten-free bread being dipped in the same cup or it is no longer gluten free.
The solution is simple: everyone use gluten free bread (!) and so this is what we do at Vermont Hills UMC.
We get delicious bread from New Cascadia Traditional Bakery in SE Portland so that as many people as possible can come to the table without hesitation or restriction.
It is the same reason that we use non-alcohol grape juice – so that those with concerns about alcohol or issues related to alcohol are not limited from participating in communion.
We hope that you will come and celebrate the Lord’s Supper with us the second Sunday of every month.