THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, Friedens UCC observes the two sacraments of baptism and Communion. Communion is served during the worship service on the first and third Sundays of every month, as well as on special occasions such as Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, and Christmas Eve.
At Friedens, we practice what’s known as “open” Communion, meaning that anyone is welcome to partake at the table of the Lord’s Supper, including children. The Communion elements include bread and gluten-free crackers, and wine and grape juice. Usually ushers serve Communion to the congregation seated in the pews, but sometimes we come forward to receive the elements before the altar.
Here’s a description of our beliefs regarding Communion, from the website of the United Church of Christ:
“We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ’s table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made into one body, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ’s presence among us along with a ‘cloud of witnesses’—our ancestors, family, and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.”
Often our observance of the sacrament of Communion is joyful, sometimes it is somber, but always it is meaningful as it unites us with Jesus our Christ and with one another.