Choose Wisely.

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On November 6, 2012, Election Day,
we will exercise our right to choose.

Some of us will choose to vote for Barack Obama.
Some of us will choose to vote for Mitt Romney.
Some of us will choose to vote for another candidate.
Some of us will choose not to vote.

During the day of November 6, 2012, we will make different choices for different reasons, hoping for different results.

But that evening while our nation turns its attention to the outcome of the presidential election, let’s again choose differently. But this time, let’s do it together.

Let’s meet at the same table,
with the same host,
to remember the same things.

We’ll remember that real power in this world — the power to save, to transform, to change — ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus.

We’ll remember that, through the Holy Spirit, this power dwells within otherwise ordinary people who as one body continue the mission of Jesus: preaching good news to the poor, freeing the captives, giving sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:16-21).

We’ll remember that freedom — true freedom — is given by God and is indeed not free. It comes with a cost and it looks like a cross.

We’ll remember our sin and our need to repent.

We’ll remember that the only Christian nation in this world is the Church, a holy nation that crosses all human-made boundaries and borders.

We’ll remember that our passions are best placed within the passion of Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).

We’ll remember that we do not conform to the patterns of this world, but we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

We’ll remember that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness.

And we’ll re-member the body of Christ as the body of Christ, confessing the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from one another and from God.

On Tuesday evening, November 6,
make a choice to remember.
Let’s meet at the Lord’s Table.
Let’s remember together.

Please join us for communion on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

___________________________

One of the goals of the Election Day Communion Campaign is to build unity in Christ in the midst of theological, political, and denominational differences. Please let us know if your congregation or group (e.g., small group, ministerial association) intends to participate.

Grace and peace,
Mark Schloneger (Pastor, N. Goshen Mennonite Church; Goshen, IN)
Kevin Gasser (Pastor, Staunton Mennonite Church; Staunton, VA)
Ben Irwin (Creator, The Story; lay Episcopalian; Grand Rapids, MI)

176 thoughts on “Choose Wisely.

  1. Rachel says:

    ONE WORD OF ADVICE: Please consider using gluten-free bread. Our congregation participated in Election Communion over lunch today. It was a wonderful way to bring together many different people from many different denominations. A true “Church” experience. However, being gluten-free, I could not participate in the service due to using their use of wheat bread. There are many people in our congregations for whom this is an issue. Let’s invite ALL to table and use gluten-free bread.

    • Bernie says:

      Rachel,
      I just came from our chapel here at Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa to ensure the Table is set for the third of three Election Day communion services we will have offered today (7:30AM, 12:30PM and 5:30PM). Ensuring the Table is ready includes making sure we have gluten- free wafers and a separate chalice for use of those who must receive the Sacrament gluten-free.
      We have been offering gluten-free wafers for about two years and it has made the Table much more inclusive (not necessarily in numbers of people but including now the few who could not receive the Sacrament when we used wheat bread only).
      Bernie

  2. Conrad says:

    An ecumencial service is taking place at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church (PA) this evening at 7 p.m. We will meet to worship, pray, and gather around the Lord’s table. Thanks to all who organized and provided resources for such gatherings. The peace of Christ to your house.

    • Christianity Definition says:

      Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree! LOL

  3. Dennis Kuhns, Pastor says:

    Just returned from Springdale Mennonite Church where we from Lynside joined with them and Waynesboro Mennonite to pray and gather around the table. We had a good time of worship and many said how much they appreciated the worship time we had.

    • Celeste Lasich says:

      Christ United Presbyterian in Marshall MN- with friends from many denominations-as part of our worship we shared what brought us together: hopes for unity, a vision of working for the common good, trust in Christ. Thank you to those who imagined this day. We were grateful to join with you and re-member the body of Christ

      God’s peace Rev. Celeste Lasich

      On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM, Election Day Communion wrote:

      > ** > Dennis Kuhns, Pastor commented: “Just returned from Springdale > Mennonite Church where we from Lynside joined with them and Waynesboro > Mennonite to pray and gather around the table. We had a good time of > worship and many said how much they appreciated the worship time we had.” >

  4. Leonard Gross says:

    Our congregation, College Mennonite (Goshen, Indiana), used your nine points of remembering, as a reading we all said in unison on Election night. What an overpowering combination of ideas-realities encapsulated in these nine points, which together describe a living, close community of disciples, following the Christ of peace and love! I hope you will also create something appropriate for the next Fourth of July (Independence Day), and for Peace Sunday, next year! — Leonard Gross

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Ephesians 4:2-6

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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