Communion and Baptism

 As Presbyterians, we celebrate two sacraments.  In these sacraments, we receive the grace of God’s love, forgiveness, acceptance, and call…for life!

Communion  The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, also known as communion, is generally celebrated the first Sunday of the month.  As Presbyterians, we recognize Christ’s gracious welcome to this table and affirm his claim upon the baptismal acts of other Christian communities. All the baptized faithful, whether attending another congregation or not, are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper as an expression of Christian unity and fellowship.  Ordinarily, the communion elements of bread and grape juice are served on trays, passed through the congregation by elders.  Occasionally, communion is served by intinction, as congregants are invited to come forward to the communion table, where they receive a piece of bread to dip into a common chalice of juice.  As we come to the Lord’s Table, we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and we receive the grace he offers, a grace that assures us of God’s love and forgiveness and strengthens us for daily living, as Christian disciples.

Baptism  In baptism, believers and their children are welcomed into the family of God.   As Presbyterians, we baptize both children and adults, signifying their inclusion in this household of faith, where they may come to know themselves as loved and cherished by God.  In the sacrament of baptism, we also acknowledge the forgiveness of God, available to each of us.  We affirm Christ’s invitation to become people who follow the way of discipleship He lived and taught, growing in God’s goodness, wisdom and love.