Communion

communion smallerAll who respond in faith to the invitation are to be welcomed to the Holy Table. This invitation is for everyone who desires to be in fellowship with Jesus Christ. Holy Communion is a meal of the community who are in covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It expresses our oneness in the body of Christ, anticipates Jesus’ invitation to feast at the heavenly banquet, and calls us to strive for the visible unity of the church.

Holy Communion is a sacred meal in which the community of faith, in the simple act of eating bread and drinking wine, proclaims and participates in all that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for us in Christ. In accord with biblical and Christian teaching, we believe that we are sinners, constantly in need of divine grace. We believe that God is gracious and loving, always making available the grace we need. In celebrating the Eucharist, we remember the grace given to us in our baptism and partake of the spiritual food necessary for sustaining and fulfilling the promises of salvation. We come to the Eucharist out of our hunger to receive God’s gracious love, to receive forgiveness and healing.

The ritual officially approved by The United Methodist Church represents the decisions of the church about the theology and practice of Holy Communion. This ritual expresses the unity of the universal church of Jesus Christ and exemplifies our connection within The United Methodist Church. It had its origin in the early Christian community and has evolved in the practice of the church through the centuries. Our ritual is in accord with those currently used in most Christian bodies.

The sacraments are God’s gifts to the gathered body of believers to form the church into Christ’s body in ministry to the world. Through Holy Communion, the Holy Spirit works to shape our moral and ethical lives. In the ongoing process of conversion, we grow in personal and social holiness and are empowered to work for healing, compassion, reconciliation, justice and peace.

For a deeper exploration of the sacrament of Holy Communion, read This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion.

 

Communion is served each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary immediately following the postlude of each worship service. Those interested in receiving communion will be invited to continue the meditative experience by gathering in the pews near the altar table during the postlude. All are welcome at the Lord's table.