311 Third Avenue NE, Hickory NC, 28601 (828) 322-6058

Holy Communion

Through the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper) God is active in a unique and peculiar way, getting to us by such ordinary means as bread, water, and wine.

_dsc0955The Lord’s Supper (sometimes referred to as Communion or The Eucharist, meaning ‘Thanksgiving’) is Christ’s gift to the church. On the evening before his death, the gospels teach us, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to his disciples and said, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” He then took the cup, gave thanks over it, and said, “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many of the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Through this act Jesus gave his disciples the means through which his followers would identify themselves, recalling his death and resurrection, and experiencing his grace anew.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, understood the Lord’s Supper to be more than an occasion by which we simply recollect the passion and death of Jesus. The bread and wine of the sacrament instead conveys, through the Holy Spirit, his real presence. Christ is truly with us, in a mysterious but no less real and actual way, uniting us in fellowship, strengthening us in holiness, and empowering us for service in the world.

Want to learn more about communion? Click here.

Interested in talking with a pastor?  Click here.