How It Works

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Election Day Communion is not a program or a product. It’s an idea.

Here’s how it works.

If you’re a pastor or church leader, invite your congregation to participate in a communion service (either by hosting or joining with another congregation) on the evening of Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

If you’re a church member who’s tired of politics dividing the Church, help us get the word out. Talk with your congregation about holding a communion service on Election Day. Share Election Day Communion with your friends on Facebook.

Then on Tuesday, November 6, let’s come together in our respective churches, regardless of party, political affiliation, or denomination. Let’s all share this sacred act of communion together, reaffirming our allegiance to Christ.

As Election Day approaches, we’ll make available some free resources you can use to spread the word and plan your service.

But, at the end of the day, it’s simply communion. The Lord’s Supper. The Holy Eucharist. It’s the bread, the cup, and the body of believers gathered in the presence of Christ and each other.

And that’s all that matters.

Sign up to be part of Election Day Communion.

If you have questions or want to share an idea or give feedback, email us at ElectionDayCommunion@comcast.net.

27 thoughts on “How It Works

  1. Dorothy Bethel says:

    To those of you who thought of this……with all of my heart I thank you. This is so correct and honoring to the Lord. It is what I was searching for and didn’t even know. I will be asking my pastors to have our church join in. God bless you.

  2. Jack Horner says:

    I have sent this information to my pastor in hopes that we will do this.

    United Methodist in Alabama

  3. This is a wonderful idea and I hope that many of the churches here in Goshen will participate in their own way. It is good to have Mark S. here in Goshen. :-)

  4. Jim says:

    Even after signing up our church (first in MO, first Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to join), I keep pushing it to everyone I know on Facebook, via email, etc. I think I am becoming a pest, but I believe this is such an excellent, Kingdom-message idea! Thanks so much for doing this!

  5. [...] their respective gathering places that evening.   More specifically, Election Day Communion is a time for Christians to come together in our respective churches, regardless of party, political [...]

  6. Murphy Gill says:

    We have decided to open the church and offer election day communion throughout the day.

  7. wezlo says:

    Right now we’re planning on having three separate times over the course of the day for people to come and partake. This is an excellent idea.

  8. Cynthia Hallas says:

    Is there a way to edit our listing on the participants’ page to reflect that fact that St. Giles Episcopal and Gloria Dei Lutheran churches, Northbrook, IL are celebrating jointly? I notice another congregation has listed itself that way. I tried to go in and change but with no result. Thanks.

  9. [...] across a project that I feel embodies an alternative Christian response. The project is called Election Day Communion. I hope, no matter how you choose to vote, you will also choose to remember your citizenship in the [...]

  10. B says:

    Thanks for all that you are doing! This campaign really inspires me. It seems that so often we get caught up in our ourselves (and our beliefs on political, social, and theological issues) that we forget that our God is transcendent.
    I am trying to get my church involved, but sometimes it is difficult for people to take a high school student seriously, especially one who is not yet of voting age. :)
    While I may not be able to attend an Election Day Communion in Mississippi, my prayers are with y’all. I am very grateful that there are so many congregations participating, and am excited to see the great things that EDC achieves. God bless.

  11. At Albuquerque Mennonite Church we are planning a Taize service with beautiful music, prayers around the cross and communion. Thank you for this wonderful idea.

  12. sohpastor says:

    We think this is a great idea and a wonderful way to send a message to the community that above the politics is Jesus Christ. We plan on making this an all-day event with a “Prayer-A-Thon” from 7am-7pm so people can call-in, email, text prayer requests during the election (non-partisan) while the sanctuary is open with prayer stations focused on praying for ALL candidates, over the issues, and for our local, state and nation. At 7pm when the polls close, we’ll hold an ecumenical communion service.

  13. Revbet says:

    I think this is an awesome idea! My only sadness is that our church is in a predominately Roman Catholic community so the invitation to share Communion is one more thing that divides us rather than brings us together. We welcome anyone to the Table, but, for the most part, our RC brothers and sisters believe they should not partake. I will try to devise something that may not include Communion but will continue to pray for the day when we all truly can come to the same Table.

  14. larr_y says:

    I think it’s vulgar to tie an American election to one of Christianity’s most sacred rites. An individual may vote based on his/her religious beliefs. Fine. Some churches are used as polling places. Fine. But for a church to offer the last supper simply because it’s election day is repulsive. You talk of politics dividing the church, yet here you are, throwing the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ into the mix. And why? Because you thought the campaign was divisive & nasty and you want to make yourselves feel better. As a lifelong Christian, I am offended by this nauseating concept. If my church did this, I would leave.

  15. doro73@hotmail.com says:

    It is a wonderful thing that we live in a country where we have the freedom to have and voice our opinions. I didn’t see it the same way as you did. I look forward to focusing on Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

  16. We had already planned an Election Eve worship service – to pray for our country. And so we are incorporating some of your resources into our service and having communion. Thank you so much for sharing great resources.

  17. [...] The Election Day Communion movement was started by two Mennonites and an Episcopalian in hopes of bringing together Christians for the Lord’s Supper on Election Day. Papists like me might be a little confused about why this is a big deal, since our Romish priests celebrate Communion 364 days a year, but in most other churches it’s done once a week or even less frequently. But as a powerful symbol of Christian unity, the organizers of the event – which have more than 800 congregations on board – think Communion is the ideal way to try and get people to stop worshiping the various Baals of election season: [...]

  18. Aaron Horton says:

    Thanks for this powerful idea to bring us back to right perspective. We’re offering communion all day, each staff member taking 2 hour shifts. Then at 7pm we’re calling the church to come together and focus on Christ who died for everyone no matter who they voted for, or if they didn’t vote at all.

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