The Lord’s Supper
The sacraments are visible signs of God’s Grace revealed. The Presbyterian Church celebrates two sacraments – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Through the Holy Spirit, we are connected in the sacraments to the real presence and power of Jesus Christ at work in the church, and indeed the world.
The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. During his earthly ministry Jesus shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance and as an occasion for his own ministry. He celebrated Israel’s feasts of covenant commemoration.
In his last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples the bread and wine, speaking of them as his body and blood, signs of the new covenant. He commended breaking bread and sharing a cup to remember and proclaim his death.
On the day of his resurrection, the risen Jesus made himself known to his followers in the breaking of bread. He continued to show himself to believers, by blessing and breaking bread, by preparing, serving, and sharing common meals.
All are welcome at the table of our Lord, just as God welcomes all of us.
At Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month and at other special times throughout the year. We serve communion in a variety of ways, and we use bread and juice (instead of wine) to celebrate this meal.