Election Day communion service open to all denominations

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 31, 2016 10:50 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Most likely would agree that this year's presidential campaign process has been rather nasty, with bountiful mudslinging from both parties.

"We know this has been a particularly stressful and contentious election season," said the Rev. Dawn-Victoria Mitchell of Trinity St. Paul's Episcopal Church. "So we think it is important to come together in a show of unity."

Trinity St. Paul's is hosting a special Election Day communion service at 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Trinity St. Paul's, one of the city's oldest churches, dates to 1860 and is located at 213 N. Fourth. The church seats about 100.

"No matter where we stand on issues or candidates, we are all a member of the body of Christ," Mitchell said. "There is more that unites us than separates us."

The communion is open to all baptized members of any denomination, Mitchell said.

"This will be a simple service of scripture, prayer and communion," she said. "The aim of this service is for Christians to come together regardless of denomination, church affiliation or political leanings and witness to the fact that we are all one in Jesus."

Mitchell said the Election Day communion idea is one that is growing around the country.

"As far as I know, we are the only one in this area to be doing this, but I know there are churches of various denominations across the country who will be participating in this type of service," Mitchell said. "I have talked with several of my clergy colleagues and they have all been receptive to the idea."

Mitchell said this may not be the last Election Day communion service.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we do it again four years from now," she said.

Questions should be directed to Mitchell at Trinity St. Paul's at 1-573-221-0298.

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