August 24, 2017

Holy Communion

 

At Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, we observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.  In addition to the first Sunday, we also observe communion during our Maundy Thursday worship service.

 

In the Presbyterian Church USA, communion is an open invitation to all who have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  When we participate in this event, it is a memorial meal as well as a celebration of the resurrection.   We come to the table by the invitation of Jesus Himself who instructed his disciples to ”do this in remembrance of me”.   When we share in the Bread and the Cup we are taking the elements Jesus used to symbolize his body and blood given for us as the new covenant.  This remembrance calls us to a time of reflection not only on the life of Jesus Christ, but on how we are living our lives in response to salvation and grace freely given by God. 

 

A time of preparation for communion is appropriate.  As we prepare our hearts and minds for communion we recognize that we gather around the table not only with Christ but with all who belong to Christ.  With this in mind, we are compelled by Christ to seek reconciliation with one another.  As the Church Constitution guides us, “Coming to the Lord’s Table the faithful are actively to seek reconciliation in every instance of conflict or division between them and their neighbors.  Each time they gather at the Table the believing community is committing themselves afresh to love and serve God, one another, and their neighbors in the world.” (Excerpts from W-2.4006)

 


 

 

 

 
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