Communion

Giampietrino-Last-Supper-ca-1520The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. During his earthly ministry, Jesus shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance and as an occasion for his own ministry.

Around the Table of the Lord, God’s people are in communion with Christ and with all who belong to Christ. Reconciliation with Christ compels reconciliation with one another.

All those who believe in Christ are to be welcomed to the Table, and none shall be excluded because of race, sex, age, economic status, social class, disability, difference of culture or language, or any barrier created by human injustice. Coming to the Lord’s Table the faithful are actively to seek reconciliation in every instance of conflict or division between them and their neighbors.

When is the Lord’s Supper observed?

Fellowship observes the Lord’s Supper at Easter, Christmas, World Communion and the first Sunday of each month and other times as approved by the Session of the Church.

Who is invited to the Lord’s Supper?

The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who believe in Jesus Christ no matter the denomination, remembering that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. In preparing to receive Christ in this Sacrament, the believer is to confess sin and brokenness, to seek reconciliation with God and neighbor, and to trust in Jesus Christ for cleansing and renewal. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Christ Jesus.