Almost 200 United Methodist churches are among the 739 congregations, schools and groups in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., participating in Election Day Communion (Nov. 6).
The Election Day Communion Campaign began with a concern that Christians in the United States are being shaped more by the tactics and ideologies of political parties than by their identity in and allegiance to Jesus.
Out of this concern, a simple vision sparked the imaginations of several Mennonite pastors.
Out of this concern, a simple vision sparked the imaginations of several Mennonite pastors: The Church being the Church on Election Day, gathering at the Lord’s Table to remember, to practice, to give thanks for, and to proclaim its allegiance to Christ.
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.
United Methodists participation
Congregations in the United Methodist tradition are participating in the Election Day Communion individually and in cooperation with others. Virginia with nearly 30 churches, North Carolina with almost 20 and Georgia with a dozen were the states having the most United Methodist congregations signed up to participate at press time.
In Washington, D.C., a communion will occur 7 p.m. at the Sylvan Theater next to the Washington Monument.
“We have a very simple plan: to pray for our nation, share testimony as the spirit leads, and celebrate communion,” said the Rev. Morgan Guyton of Burke (Va.) United Methodist Church who is one of the organizers of the event. “People should bring candles since it will be dark.”
Also in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, from noon to 12:30 p.m., area pastors will celebrate Communion at the Mission Center in Fulton, Md. In addition, on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., several area churches will host one-hour non-partisan prayer services. They include Douglas Memorial, Foundry and Metropolitan Memorial UMCs in Washington, First UMC of Hyattsville and Mt. Zion UMC in Lothian.
Broadway Christian Parish United Methodist Church in South Bend, Ind., will have communion at 6:30 election day. Broadway has invited its churches in its cluster and neighboring churches to join in the communion.
Choose to remember
Election Day Communion urges Christians to make a choice to remember, by meeting at the Lord’s Table together. The observance is intended to focus attention on the “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.”
A list of participating congregations is available at Holy Communion.
National Prayers are available at index.