Communion

 

Also known as the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist, Communion is the church’s celebration of Jesus’ gift of bread and cup (his body and blood) for the salvation of all who believe.  In and through Communion, we are reminded that Jesus died on a cross so that we might live, and that somehow Jesus’ gruesome and yet voluntary death served as an atoning sacrifice for our sin.  Therefore, in and around the Communion, table and receiving the elements of Communion we come face to face and actually into contact with the grace and love of God for a rebellious world that God, in His love, has chosen to redeem.

Communion is an experience of reconciliation and union with God and also with each other.  As we are reconciled to God through the work of Jesus Christ, so we are also reconciled with each other, being compelled to forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us and being united as members of God’s covenant family.

At FPCSM, we typically celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of every month (and on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve).  On alternating months, the congregation receives the elements of bread and cup by a means called Intinction or by the more traditional passing of plates of bread and cups of grape juice.

All who have been baptized in Jesus’ name at some point in their life are encouraged to participate in Communion regularly, regardless of church affiliation or any other qualification.  We all come to Communion acknowledging that apart from God we have no hope and that we are therefore desperately in need of the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Periodically we offer a one-session class about Communion (and baptism).  For more information about this class and when it is next offered, contact the church office 650.345.1633


 

 

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