We celebrate Eucharist (communion) at each of our Sunday services. Communion is the partaking of bread (representing Jesus’ broken body) and wine (representing Jesus’ poured-out blood) as the whole church (the body of Christ) gathers together remembering what he accomplished for us through his suffering and death. Jesus commanded his followers to partake in this meal together as often as they gather.
As we consume the elements, Paul said, we “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor 11:26). Jesus did not die for naught; the significance of his death 2000 years ago continues to the present so that with all confidence we can be assured our sins have been forgiven. By consuming the bread and the wine, we bring into the present what was accomplished for us at his death and proclaim to the world, “His death in the past saves us today.”
When we celebrate communion, we come to the front of the sanctuary. As you place one hand over the other to receive, the celebrant will place bread in your palms saying, “The body of Christ, the bread of heaven.” Then a server will bring the chalice of wine to you. You can either drink from the chalice, or you can dip the bread in the wine.
Communion is for all disciples of Jesus. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior and you have been baptized, you are welcome to partake in communion. Otherwise, you are welcome to receive a blessing by coming forward with folded arms across your chest.