Sacraments of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)
The Lord's Supper at Servant-Savior
The Lord’s Supper is one of two consecrated, communal acts that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) believes are beneficial for a faithful and fulfilling walk with Jesus Christ. Also known as 'Communion' or the 'Eucharist' (from the Ancient Greek word eucharistia meaning ‘to give thanks’), the Lord’s Supper, along with baptism (see Baptism at Servant-Savior), are termed 'sacraments', or Christian rites, and are believed to be especially mandated by Christ himself in extraordinarily clear terms.
Though Christ is intentionally vague about many things, he speaks with refreshing clarity regarding the need of a faithful community to perform these two sacraments. Scripture claims that on the night of his betrayal, Christ shared one last meal with his friends, in which he broke bread and symbolically compared it to his own body that would soon be physically broken. Likewise, he shared wine and compared its pouring out with his own blood that would be literally shed. His
Christ explained to his friends that they were to share this meal of bread and wine again and again in order to remember him. The Apostle Paul adds that each time we share this meal we proclaim the life-saving death of Christ until he comes again in glory.
At Servant-Savior, we have chosen to celebrate the sacrament of Communion each and every Sunday, not because we are afforded more grace by doing so (we are not), but because we believe in its power to bring the community of faith together every time this meal is shared. We administer the Lord’s Supper during every service of worship not because we believe we will receive a more
Although there are a variety of legitimate ways to administer Communion during worship, Servant-Savior has chosen to do so by what is known as “