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Communion


“…the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  -  1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The life of Christian discipleship is not easy; along the way, we need reminders of God’s abiding presence with us to support us and sustain us.  Communion (also called the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist) is a tremendous way that we remember and celebrate that Christ walks alongside us as we seek to follow him, for it is the sign and seal of our continued life in Christ, as we eat and drink at the table prepared and presided over by the crucified and risen Lord. 

The physical symbols of communion are bread and the fruit of the vine (grape juice or wine), and the words of institution are taken from Jesus’ own words as he celebrated the supper with his own disciples the night before he died.  We celebrate communion because Jesus instituted it and has given us the explicit dominical command to do so. 

Like baptism, communion is anticipated in the Old Testament, both in the Passover meal and in the covenantal meal at Mount Sinai.  In communion, God’s people both celebrate the victory that Christ has won and experience a foretaste of the banquet that is to come.  Around God’s table, through the power of the Spirit, we are brought into Christ’s presence, with the faithful of all places and ages, to commune with one another and to be sent, strengthened and refreshed, into the world to do God’s work.  It is also through the power of the Holy Spirit that Christ is spiritually present in the bread and the cup, so that we are fed not just in a physical sense but in a spiritual one as well, by the body and blood of Jesus Christ himself. 

Communion is open to all baptized Christians; it is meant not for the worthy, but for the undeserving. We celebrate communion during both services on the first Sunday of each month.  We also celebrate communion each Sunday morning of the Advent and Lent seasons during the early service.

With the possibility of certain exceptions, the sacraments of baptism and communion are celebrated in public worship within the community of faith, accompanied by the reading and proclamation of the Word (preaching).