LUMBERTON, Texas — This Holy Week is undoubtedly unlike any other.
Many churches in Southeast Texas are getting creative with how they're bringing worship experiences to their communities. One church is bringing communion right to people's living rooms.
Since churches made the switch to online worship services, most people haven't been able to partake in communion. This Good Friday, Parkway Life Church in Lumberton made sure their congregation was able to do so from their homes.
"We are in obviously crazy times right now," Parkway Life Church's lead pastor Nathan Keating said. "But we're all adjusting to this new norm. We're used to having full buildings on Sundays."
Churches across the nation are still finding ways to come together and worship even while physically apart.
"All of a sudden we're preaching to empty buildings and preaching online," he said.
This week, he and other staff members passed out sanitized communion packets.
"It actually turned out great because we actually get to see some of our church people that we haven't seen in a number of weeks," he said.
Grape juice representing the blood of Jesus, bread representing his body, and an anointed cloth, representing the healing power of his spirit.
"I never dreamed we would be doing communion like this," he said.
And on Good Friday, community members joined the church's live stream to take communion from their living rooms, all at the same time.
WATCH LIVE | Parkway Life Church's Facebook page
"We've been through other things, Harvey and Rita and everything else," he said.
Keating said he believes this too shall pass.
"We've always come out stronger, and we believe the same is going to be for this," he said.
Parkway Church plans to keep holding online worship services through their Facebook page.
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