The True Blood of Christ, Shed for You
Holy Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, has been at the the very center of Christian worship since the earliest days of the church, and it’s no different for us. This is with good reason, as it was with none other than this very act with which Christ instituted His new testament. Long before Christians were even able to own a copy of the scriptures, they were meeting to receive this gift of Christ’s body and blood.
We take Jesus at His words that in this bread and wine we are given the actual body and blood of our Lord. We don't try to explain the how, but rather receive this amazing gift, binding us as it were to Him in the forgiveness offered in the words “given and shed for you.”
Holy Communion is not a ritual for the morally worthy. It is not a reward for those who feel they have earned their way into God’s favor. It is for those who know they don’t measure up and need Jesus to save them. This continual forgiveness is given to us because there is no week where we can come before God and claim we have loved Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Here at Trinity we practice close Communion. Those who believe that in Communion you are receiving the actual body and blood of our Lord, for the forgiveness of sins are welcome. However, given the warnings attached to the misuse of the sacrament, we would simply ask that you speak with our pastor or one of our elders before receiving Communion at Trinity. Feel free to just speak to us before a service, or contact us.
Holy Communion is offered during worship services falling on the 1st, 3rd and 5th weeks of the month.
If you are unable to attend our services to any circumstance, and wish to receive Communion - please contact us. We will make arrangements to come to you.
That's fine. There is no need to feel compelled to come forward during this portion of our worship. You may remain in your seat, or come to the altar and fold your hands over your chest. This will indicate to our pastor you do not wish to receive Communion, and he will give you a blessing instead.
Children are welcome to come to the altar with you during this portion of our service. Our pastor will bless them in their baptism.
One of our great church traditions for teens is confirmation. Confirmation is a catechism class in the basics of the Christian faith. As teens confess they agree with what Scripture says, they are welcomed into the life of the church, including Communion.
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread,
and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said,
“Take, eat; this is my body.”
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying,
"Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
— Matthew 26:26-28
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
— Acts 2:42
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner
will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.
Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.
— 1 Corinthians 11:26-29