Petition 80117

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Ministry of Laity (80117-DI-¶1117.9)

Amend ¶1117.9 as follows:
  
Encourage ordained elders to select and train laity to distribute the non-perishable consecrated Communion elements as soon as feasible to the sick or homebound and to other appropriate persons as approved by the pastor  following a service of Word and Table . Every family is encouraged to have at least one consecrated Communion distribution in each family annually. This distribution also may apply to laypersons who have been assigned pastoral roles in a church or in more than one church by the district superintendent.

Rationale

With non-perishable elements available haste is not warranted. Lay distribution of consecrated Communion can give almost any family occasion a spiritual dimension.