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 blood he likened to the sacrificial forgiveness of sins.
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 cleansing spiritual renewal than others (we will not), but because we wish to proclaim Christ’s life-saving death with every opportunity afforded.
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 “intinction”. When the pastor declares the “joyful feast” ready, the congregation stands and proceeds down the center aisle toward the table (the front rows will start). One breaks off a piece of bread, steps to the side, dips their bread in the cup, and eats. Typically, we offer a gluten-free bread option as well. Additionally, we offer both wine and grape juice (the wine to the left of the table and the juice to the right) in order to best accommodate everyone. All are welcome at the table!