Clown Communion Sunday, April 6, 2014


During the month of March our Sunday School children have entered into the  story of communion in a variety of ways, learning about how we take part in Jesus’ gift of self to the church as thanksgiving, receiving, belonging, remembering, and sharing. 

On Sunday, April 6, the children are asked to remain in worship to experience “Clown Communion,” celebrated in mime and served by intinction. 

The sermon that day will be a history of Christian clowning, presented while I go through the transformation from Pastor Caroline (who talks) to Siloam the Clown (who is silent.) The name Siloam comes from the Biblical pool where people went to be healed, and means “to send or to let go.” 

If you have not experienced Clown Communion before, you may be concerned that the “irreverence” of clowns cannot possibly convey the sacredness of communion, as we share in the Lord’s self-giving meal of bread broken and cup poured out. Yet for many people, this way of sharing in communion deepens their experience of the holy sacrifice of God through Jesus’ gift of self, using symbols that go beyond words. Please talk with one of the Deacons if you have questions. 

The first time I offered Clown Communion when I was pastor of a church in Vermont, an elderly member of the congregation said to me afterwards: “I’ve been taking communion for more than 60 years, and this is the first time I ever understood what it meant.” I invite you to come with an open mind and heart, ready to receive and be filled to overflowing with God’s surprising grace. 

- Pastor Caroline