Editor’s note: All church gatherings and conversations for this story took place several months ago before the spread of COVID-19. No public health and safety guidelines were violated.
RIGBY — Sixty people gather at the Crown of Life Church at 3856 E. 300 N. in Rigby, next to the high school.
It’s 11 a.m. on a Sunday.
People of all ages are seated in the rows of chairs as Pastor David Schilling begins the services with these words:
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, and burst into jubilant song in music.”
Schilling offers a prayer, reads the biblical account of Jesus inviting his apostles to eat bread and wine in remembrance of him, and invites each member of the congregation, one by one, to surround the altar and partake also. Each person is offered the emblems of Christ’s body one by one, and Schilling speaks to them, one by one, as they partake, saying,
“Remember how much our Lord Jesus loves you. Go in peace.”
When communion is over and everyone returns to their seats, children are invited to surround the pulpit. They join hands and Schilling offers a simple, heartfelt prayer.
“Dear Lord, we thank you for our families, for loving us so much. For blessing us every day and for sending Jesus to save us. Help us always to love you more. Amen,” he prays.
Members of the congregation are there with their families for one purpose: to worship God through words and music in their own way and on their own terms.
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