The Sacrament of Holy Communion
What We Believe about Holy Communion
Holy Communion is a sacrament and a means of Grace.
Like baptism, United Methodists regard Holy Communion as a sacrament. That is, it’s an act of worship ordained by Christ and is a means of grace. This does not mean that we become any more worthy of God’s grace by taking part in Communion. Rather, we open ourselves to the divine love that’s already there; we become more ready to receive that love and to respond to it.
Using Bread and Wine
As with baptism, we use common, physical gifts of the earth, bread and wine—though in United Methodist churches we prefer unfermented grape juice.
Opportunites for Communion
Communion is served on the first and third weekends of the month in our Saturday night and Sunday morning service and is served weekly at our Sunday Evening Celebration Worship.
All Are Invited
Everyone is welcome at our table. Holy Communion is a family meal, and everyone is a child of God. Parents decide at what age their children will receive this sacrament. But children of any age are welcome!
Holy Communion (also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist) is a mystery too deep for words. Its meaning will vary for each of us and from one time to another. But three essential meanings are caught up in this proclamation in our Communion service: “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again” (The United Methodist Hymnal, p. 14).
Communion is not a memorial service for a dead Jesus. It’s not a time to wallow in our own guilt. It’s a time to celebrate the Resurrection, to recognize and give thanks for the Risen Christ.
— Adapted from The United Methodist Member’s Handbook, Revised and Expanded by George E. Koehler (Discipleship Resources, 2006).