Holy Communion

We do believe, teach and confess as Jesus taught His disciples and as the Apostolic Church has always taught all through the ages; that Jesus Christ is physically present, in, with and under the consecrated bread and the wine of Holy Communion.  Jesus instituted this highest Holy Sacrament to share His grace with God’s own redeemed children in Christ in the most intimate way.  Holy Communion is consumed by the faithful for the forgiveness of sins and so that the Lord resides in His own chosen vessels not by our worthiness but by His grace and mercy through forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  As Jesus said (John 17:22-23), “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”                                       


Because this is the highest of the holy sacraments, instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ and it includes His physical presence, caution must be taken not to receive this sacrament unworthily or regard our Lord’s presence lightly.  Participants who participate in Holy Communion should be baptized into Christ’s Church.  They should also accept and discern by faith the true presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament, and they should be fully repentant of all their sins; throwing themselves completely on the mercy of Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation for all of us who are truly “poor, miserable  sinners."                                                                         
Paul warns Christians about taking this sacrament unworthily or lightly; in an unrepentant or undiscerning manner.  I Corinthians 11:27-30, “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.”  Regarding unrepentant sin, sin we cling to or do not recognize from within ourselves we are commanded by our Lord: Matthew 5:23-24 “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  And in I Corinthians 10:21-22 by Paul, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”  

           
We welcome all to join us in our service and receive God’s good and life giving gifts which He has freely and abundantly given for all.  We request that you please speak with the Pastor in advance of the service in regards to Holy Communion and a right heart and right discernment so you will enter His grace and mercy by that narrow gate which is Jesus Christ; according to His teachings and commands.  God’s Peace and the love of Christ be with you always!