What is the meaning of Communion for Presbyterians?
Communion, also known as “The Lord’s Supper” and “The Eucharist,” is one of two sacraments observed by Christ’s Church of the HIlls (the other is baptism). In this sacrament, the bread and juice, the words and actions, make the promises of God visible and concrete. Christ is especially present in the gathered church.
At the Lord’s Table, the Church is
renewed and empowered by the memory of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and promise to return;
sustained by Christ’s pledge of undying love and continuing presence with God’s people;
sealed in God’s covenant of grace through partaking of Christ’s self-offering.
As the people of God bless and thank God, remembering Jesus Christ the Son, they call upon the Holy Spirit through communion to:
lift them into Christ’s presence;
bind them with Christ and with one another;
unite them in communion with all the faithful in heaven and on earth;
nourish them with Christ’s body and blood that they may mature into the fullness of Christ;
keep them faithful as Christ’s body, loving and serving God, one another, and their neighbors in the world
Who may participate in the Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper?
The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all, 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. 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.
Not baptized, yet feel the Spirit moving you to partake of communion? Please do, and prayerfully consider that the Spirit may be calling you to also be baptized and join the church. No one shall be excluded because of race, sex, age, economic status, social class, handicapping condition, 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.