We celebrate the The Lord’s Supper, sometimes called “communion” eight times every year, usually on Sundays of particular significance:
- The first Sunday in Advent, either the first Sunday in December or the last in November.
- The first Sunday in the New Year.
- The first Sunday in Lent (six Sundays before Easter).
- Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter during an evening service.
- Ascension Sunday, the sixth Sunday after Easter.
- The first Sunday in August.
- World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October.
- All Saints Sunday, the Sunday closest to November 1.
We welcome all worshipers who are baptized and who desire to live as a disciple of Jesus to share the Lord’s Supper, even those who are not members of our congregation. We also welcome baptized children to the Lord’s Table. When parents sense that their child is ready to participate in the sacrament in a way appropriate to the child’s age, we ask that they consult with our pastor so that together pastor and parents can help make a child’s first communion significant for the child.
Sometimes when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper we pass the bread and cup to one another in our pews. (The cup holds grape juice in solidarity with those among us who struggle with alcohol addiction. We also have gluten-free bread for those who need it.) When we serve the Lord’s Supper this way, we hold our piece of bread or cup of juice until all are served, then commune together.
Other times we leave our pews and go forward to the communion table to be served by pastors and elders. During those times we receive the Lord’s Supper by intinction, taking our bread, dipping it into the cup, and communing right away. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper by intinction, children who do not yet take communion are also invited forward to receive a spoken blessing by our pastor and elders.