Baptism and Communion
We participate in the Sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of every month, in addition to worship on Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent), worship on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) our two worship services on Easter Sunday, and worship at our 11:00pm service on Christmas Eve. Everyone, everyone, everyone is invited to participate in Communion. We believe that Christ is the host of the table and there is room for all of us: believer, doubter, questioner, seeker, faithful, sinful, wherever you land on the spectrum, you are welcome. You can be older or younger, Baptized or not, church member or not, Christian or not. All are welcome. Many of us carry different understandings of Communion with us, so we each interpret the sacrament in a way that is personally meaningful. We use grape juice and we offer gluten free wafers in our Communion services, so that all may participate. We usually take Communion through passing trays of bread and juice through the pews, and then eating and drinking after all have been served. Occasionally, we will take Communion through Intinction, in which people process forward to receive the bread and juice individually from the servers. Either way, all are welcome to participate, and of course, anyone is welcome to respectfully decline as well.
Here is a little bit about our theological understanding of Communion:
In the sacrament of Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, meaning “thanksgiving,” Christians hear, taste, touch and receive the grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ in a unique way.
- a joyous act of thanksgiving for all God has done, is doing, and will do for the redeeming of creation;
- a sacred memorial of the crucified and risen Christ, a living and effective sign of Christ’s sacrifice in which Christ is truly and rightly present to those who eat and drink;
- an earnest prayer for the presence of the Holy Spirit to unite those who partake with the Risen Christ and with each other, and to restore creation, making all things new;
- an intimate experience of fellowship in which the whole church in every time and place is present and divisions are overcome;
- a hopeful sign of the promised Realm of God marked by justice, love and peace.