Why the Web?

Why do we need it?

There are many reasons to make Holy Communion easily available to those in need. Some of the reasons are the following:

  1. To make Holy Communion available in the most inclusive way possible.
  2. To provide Holy Communion when the potential communicant feels the greatest need.
  3. To allow access to Holy Communion to members and friends  who are home-bound.
  4. To ensure that people who are institutionalized due to illness, incarceration, or other problems have access to Holy Communion.
  5. To help those away due to educational, military, business, or other institutional issues to continue to participate in the most important worship experience of a worshiping community.
  6. To reach out to those not affiliated with the Christian church to provide an additional channel to seek Godís love.
  7. To help educate all people concerning the importance of Holy Communion as a central rite of the church.
  8. To provide an authentic, accessible, and passionate worship experience available to everyone.

The need for such a Communion service may come about due to ill health, travel, or other issues that pervade the modern world. In such situations it may not be possible to get a pastor to attend to such a need quickly.  According to Robert Shnase, people "are searching for worship that is authentic, alive, creative, and comprehensible, where they experience the life-changing presence of God ..." (Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations [Abingdon, 2007]).  The web offers us a medium to take authentic worship to those, who for whatever reasons, are not consistently part of the institutional church.