The Sacrament of Holy Communion

photo of communion bread and juiceThe word sacrament is the Latin translation of the Greek word mysterion. From the early days of the church, baptism was associated with the mystery that surrounds God’s action in our lives. Holy Communion (also referred to as “the Lord’s Supper” or “the Eucharist”) is one of the two recognized sacraments in our church—the other being the Sacrament of Baptism. Jesus himself instituted this sacrament as, during the Passover meal with his disciples just before the day of his crucifixion, he shared bread and cup with those at the table and instructed, “Do this in remembrance of me.” The following summarizes the basics of our beliefs about Holy Communion:

  • The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
  • We practice “open communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.

> Common questions and answers about Holy Communion (takes you off site)