Communion

We celebrate the Lord's Supper at every worship service as part of our response to hearing God's Word. We use this as a time to renew our commitment, and to remind ourselves of the work the Jesus did for our salvation. The Lord's Supper is a spiritual feast by which the Holy Spirit renews us with the broken body and spilled blood of Jesus through which God reconciled humanity to Himself.

We invite all who follow Jesus, however imperfectly, to the Table. All believers, regardless of age, church tradition, formal membership status, or any other external reason, are welcome to partake in the meal. We ask that those who have not yet made a decision to follow Jesus not to partake until they do so. Anyone may make a decision at that very moment, and begin a new or renewed commitment to follow the Lord.

Our communion liturgy begins with an affirmation of faith. Often, but not always, this is the Apostles' Creed. We then have a time of prayer of silent confession of our sins, and are assured that God has heard our confessions and forgiven our transgressions. The bread is then broken and the juice is poured out, representing the body and blood of Christ. We are then invited forward to receive in a great procession.

At the serving station we take a piece of bread or matzah available, and dip it in a cup of grape juice (we do not use wine). For those with health concerns several of the serving stations have gluten-free crackers and small, individual cups of juice. (Those stations are announced before the procession begins.) After the procession is finished, the servers will come out and serve those who are unable to come forward due to physical limitations or other reasons.

Those who do not wish to partake in Communion are welcome to remain in their seats, or to move about the building, or to join the procession and simply indicate to the server that they do not wish to receive.

We ask that parents of small children use their judgment for when it is appropriate for the children to receive communion. We welcome children at the table and will refuse no one. We offer occasional workshops for parents of young children.

Why we have communion every week?

After months of study of Scripture and early Church practices, with prayerful discernment our elders and pastors concluded that it was appropriate to keep this feast frequently. The word "communion" comes from "common union."

Do we use wine?

No. Like most Protestants we use grape juice, aware of societal issues involving alcohol.

Is everyone welcome?

Yes. Every follower of Jesus is welcomed, even those just beginning the journey.

Are children welcome?

Yes, at the discretion of their parents or guardians.  

Dietary concerns.

We offer packets of gluten-free bread as well as matzah and raised bread. Two serving stations usually offer small individual cups as well as larger common cups for intinction.

What is intinction?

Dipping the bread in the cup and then partaking.