North Church celebrates Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month at both worship services. Communion is also celebrated at special services, like Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and Easter.
Beliefs about Communion
Holy Communion is a sacrament in the United Methodist Church. This sacrament is often called by other names including The Lord’s Supper or Eucharist. It is a meal of remembrance, thanksgiving, and anticipation. As remembrance, Communion memorializes the passion of Christ by reconnecting us with the love of God who died for us and for our salvation. As thanksgiving, it celebrates God’s mighty acts of salvation with a risen and present Lord. As anticipation, Communion awaits the consummation of all things in Christ and provides a foretaste of that great heavenly banquet that we will one day share. Communion is a great and holy meal.
There are many other dimensions to our understanding of Communion. First, United Methodists believe in a real presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament, but it is a spiritual presence, not a bodily presence. We do not try to understand this mystery but accept it with joy and thanksgiving. Second, we use grape juice instead of wine as a witness against alcohol abuse and as support for those who cannot drink alcohol. United Methodists also practice an Open Table, which invites all to receive the sacrament who seek to live in peace with one another.
Like baptism, Communion connects us with God and with one another. As long as the sacraments are celebrated, there will be a visible sign of God’s love and grace in the world.
At North Church, we receive the gifts of bread and cup in two ways:
– Intintion whereby those receiving Communion are served a piece of bread from a common loaf that they dip into a common cup
– At the prayer rail where individual pieces of bread and cups of juice are served
Gluten-free bread is available at the prayer rail for those who have allergies.