Communion & Home Communion

When is Communion served in worship & at what services?

Communion is served in worship at all of our services at various times of the month. Our 8:00 a.m. Sunday Communion Worship Service & the 10:10 a.m. Parables Worship Service serve communion every Sunday.  To see if communion is being served this Sunday at our 9:00 AM & 10:45 services, click here.  Children are welcomed to the Table at their parents’ discretion following their instruction from first communion stepping stones about the sacrament’s meaning or if they have been confirmed.

What is a Sacrament in the United Church of Christ?

What is the origin of Communion?  Sacraments are ritual actions in worship which, according to Scripture, were instituted by Jesus. In the sacraments of baptism and communion we ask the Holy Spirit to use water, bread, and wine to make visible the grace, forgiveness, and presence of God in Christ.

The communion meal recalls the table fellowship Jesus shared with his disciples, and in particular the Last Supper on the night before his death as well as his appearances to the disciples during meals following his resurrection. Throughout its history these Biblical events have been central to the Church’s worship life.

The meaning of Communion

In the sacrament of Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, meaning “thanksgiving,” Christians hear, taste, touch and receive the grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ in a unique way. Communion is:

  • a joyous act of thanksgiving for all God has done, is doing, and will do for the redeeming of creation;
  • a sacred memorial of the crucified and risen Christ, a living and effective sign of Christ’s sacrifice in which Christ is truly and rightly present to those who eat and drink;
  • an earnest prayer for the presence of the Holy Spirit to unite those who partake with the Risen Christ and with each other, and to restore creation, making all things new;
  • an intimate experience of fellowship in which the whole church in every time and place is present and divisions are overcome; a hopeful sign of the promised Realm of God marked by justice, love and peace.

Communion reminds us that “the invitation and the call [to the supper] celebrate not only the memory of a meal that is past, but an actual meal with the risen Christ that is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet at which Christ will preside at the end of history.”

What elements are used? What do they mean? The broken bread and poured wine represent—present anew—the crucified and risen Christ. The wheat gathered to bake one loaf and the grapes pressed to make one cup remind participants that they are one body in Christ, while the breaking and pouring announce the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. WCC offers non-alcoholic and gluten-free elements.

How is Communion served?  At WCC, we share of a common loaf of bread broken into individual pieces and a common cup by intinction (dipping the bread in the wine). Care should be taken to ensure that the full meaning of the sacrament is communicated by the way the elements are used and served. The pastor presides at the Table, normally assisted by elders or deacons.
Who may receive Communion? At WCC, the Communion Table is “open to all people who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people.” Some visitors from churches which believe communion should only be celebrated among Christians who are in full doctrinal agreement might not choose to participate.  Their decision is respected.

What about children?   Children are welcomed to the Table at their parents’ discretion following their instruction from first communion stepping stones about the sacrament’s meaning or if they have been confirmed.

Would You Like Home Communion?

In the early years of the church, Christians would gather in homes to worship God and to celebrate the Sacraments. We welcome the opportunity to share the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper with our members who are unable to attend Sunday services or wish to receive communion in their homes. If you or a family member would like to have a Home Communion, fill out this form or please call Rev. S. Lindy Purdy (952-473-8877, ext. 202).

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