I nearly spilled the communion plate today which would have sent dozens of stale wafers flying. This got me to thinking that churches need to institute a contingency plan for sacramental mishaps. A drill of sorts. Do I pick up the wafers and put them back in the plate? Do I wait for a new plate to come? Do we save the dirty wafers for the second service? Do you throw away unused communion bread or is it something you donate?
Once during communion, it looked as if we were going to run out of the small cups of wine (juice, if my mom is reading this). I was tormented by the dilemma I was about to be faced with: do I take the wine, thereby keeping others from participating in the Lord's Supper, or do I let the elements pass me by so that others can have them, thereby actively rejecting a holy command?! I still do not know the right answer. Hence, a guidebook is certainly in order.