…is an experience to behold. Lutheran worship is sometimes considered a restrained event. Not so in New Orleans. Sunday worship was as energetic an event as any of the evening mass gatherings earlier in the week, with youth arriving several hours early in an attempt to get a seat on the floor level.
One of the outstanding moments was the morning’s Communion. Communing with 37,000 Lutherans at once is no mean feat, but the youth volunteers at the Superdome carried it off with grace. Stations were set up throughout the Dome on the floor and in the balconies to guide thousands of youth, leaders, and volunteers through Communion with remarkable efficiency, distributing bread, wine, and the sign of the cross on foreheads. Taking communion after a whirlwind time of learning and service in a space where so many once took refuge after Katrina was an awe-inspiring and humbing experience.