At Grace, we gladly celebrate the Lord’s Supper in common confession of our faith that we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine. We believe that this Sacrament was given to God’s people to strengthen our faith, receive the forgiveness of sins and God’s love.
The Apostle Paul tells us that anyone who participates should “examine” themselves before they eat of the bread and drink of the cup. Those who participate in an unworthy manner, have doubt, or hold a different belief, do great harm to themselves and should not participate. (1 Cor. 11:28-29).
Self examination involves asking yourself:
- Am I a sinner, who trust alone in Jesus Christ for full and free forgiveness from all my sins and has not refused to forgive and love?
- Do I believe that with the bread and the wine the Body and Blood of Christ are truly present in the Sacrament?
- Do I intend to turn away from sin by the power of God’s Holy Spirit and live as God’s new creation?
All who can answer yes to these questions are welcome to join in our celebration. If you would like help understanding what we believe at Grace, please speak with one of our assisting ministers).
Note: For further study, see Matthew 5:23f; 10:32f; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34.
Grape juice is provided in the center circle of each communion tray for those with special needs.