The news has been saturated with reports on the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) and many people are wondering how to best protect themselves against getting sick. Since the Church is a gathering of people in close proximity, it can potentially be an incubator for for infection. While the Coronavirus has the headlines, the following are good practices at all times, especially during cold and flu season.
How you can help prevent the spread of illness:
For more information on preventing the spread of the Coronavirus and other infectious disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page on Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus.
Taking communion and avoiding illness:
Read a letter from the Rector and former scientist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (with references to peer-reviewed studies).
Read Does the Communion Cup Runneth Over With Germs? from the LA Times.
Note: these links are helpful for the practice of using a common cup, but do not necessarily reflect the biblical teaching of the Lord's Supper as it is confessed in the Lutheran Church. With any question, we stick with the Lord's own words for what is most sure and true. If you have any additional questions about the doctrine or practice of the Lord's Supper in the Lutheran Church, please contact Pastor Ehrhard.