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Baptism and Communion

The Reformed tradition understands Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be Sacraments, instituted by God and commended by Christ. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the church, symbols of God’s action. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service. (Directory for Worship, W-1.3033)

 

Baptism

Christian baptism is one of two ordinances that Jesus instituted for the church. Just before His ascension, Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20). These instructions specify that the church is responsible to teach Jesus’ word, make disciples, and baptize those disciples. These things are to be done everywhere (“all nations”) until “the very end of the age.” So, if for no other reason, baptism has importance because Jesus commanded it.


Unlike some denominations, Presbyterians do not require a person to be entirely immersed in water during baptism. Baptism is received only once whether during infancy or upon adult profession of faith. Its effect is not tied to the moment when it is administered, for it signifies the beginning of life in Christ, not its completion. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) believes that persons of other denominations are part of one body of Christian believers; therefore, it recognizes and accepts baptisms by other Christian churches.


In addition, we reaffirm our baptism on the Sunday celebrating the Baptism of our Lord.


Please contact the church office to schedule a baptism or speak directly with the pastor.

 

Communion

Communion is the second of the two sacraments of the church, instituted by God and commended by Christ. We follow the tradition of the early church when we affirm three primal material elements of life--water, bread and wine--as the primary symbols of offering life to God. Being washed with the water of baptism, we receive new life in Christ. In eating the bread and drinking the cup offered by God, our memory of the promises are made present by the Holy Spirit.

 

All those who have been baptized in the Christian faith are welcome to take communion. The sacrament is an opportunity to renew the vows taken at Baptism and our commitment to love and serve God, one another, and our neighbors in the world.

 

Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month and on other special occasions such as Ash Wednesday.   We leave it up to the individual parents to decide if they wish for their baptised child to participate.

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