A New Communion Set on the Holy Table

The preacher has it right in Ecclesiastes 3: There is a time for everything. One morning during early summer, the handle of our old communion set broke in a way that was not repairable. This was very sad, as the communion set had been a gift from our former pastor, David Muyskens, and his wife, Donna.

The Worship Committee reacted with an ad-hoc session and brainstormed what to do. Due to increased building usage, the Holy Table and the communion set are moved around several times each week. We needed a sturdier set, therefore, and we discussed several options.

Finally, Heather Epstein brought us a sample cup from Trio, a shop for Judaica in Highland Park, where she knew the owner. She presented this to the choir and a wider audience prior to one of our summer worship services and gathered comments. After some further consideration, it was decided to purchase the cup. At the same time, an anonymous donor gave us a fitting silver plate. The cup features a relief of the holy city Jerusalem, a motif that connects Jews and Christians simultaneously and adds an interfaith dimension to our worship services. Please see the accompanying pictures. We will dedicate the new communion set during Rally Sunday on September 13th.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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