The Lord’s Supper & Baptism

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated the first Sunday worship of each month and other special days in the church calendar.

What is the Lord’s Supper?

“It 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. He celebrated Israel’s feasts of covenant commemoration.

“In his last meal before his death, Jesus took bread and shared with his disciples the bread and wine, speaking of them as his body and blood, signs of the new covenant. He commended breaking bread and sharing a cup to remember and proclaim his death.

“On the day of his resurrection, the risen Jesus made himself known to his followers in the breaking of bread. He continued to show himself to believers, by blessing and breaking bread, by preparing, serving, and sharing common meals.” (W-2.4001a-c)

Who can participate?

“The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who have been baptized, 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… Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper.” (Book of Order, W-2.4011a-b)

What is baptism?

“Baptism is the sign and symbol of inclusion in God’s grace and covenant with the Church. As an identifying mark, Baptism signifies:

  • the faithfulness of God,
  • the washing away of sin,
  • rebirth,
  • putting on the fresh garment of Christ,
  • being sealed by God’s Spirit,
  • adoption into the covenant family of the Church,
  • resurrection and illumination in Christ.” (W-2.3004)

“The Baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. The Baptism of those who enter the covenant upon their own profession of faith witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls for fulfillment in a response of faithfulness.” (W-2.3008b-c)

If you have questions about the Sacraments, please feel free to ask one of the pastors after worship or through appointment.