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Communion

"Do this in remembrance of me"       Luke 22:19

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Holy Communion is one of the sacraments of The United Methodist Church. This sacrament is often called the Lord's Supper. Eucharist, from the Greek word for thanksgiving, is yet another traditional name for the sacrament. Holy Communion recalls the Last Supper of Jesus with the disciples. It is a celebration and remembrance of God's grace and mercy in Jesus, of the resurrection of Christ, and of Christ's continuing presence with us.

"All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup." (The United Methodist Book of Worship)

The table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and seeks to lead a new life of peace and love, as the invitation to the table says.

In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to take communion. It is up to the parents to decide when their child should begin receiving communion.

United Methodists do not believe the communion elements actually become the body and blood of Christ. "We believe the change is spiritual. They signify the body and blood of Christ for us, helping us to be Christ’s body in the world today, redeemed by Christ’s blood. We pray over the bread and cup that they may make us one with Christ, 'one with each other, and one in service to all the world.'" (United Methodists and Communion brochure)

Typically grape juice is served instead of wine for Communion. "Although the historic and ecumenical Christian practice has been to use wine, the use of unfermented grape juice by The United Methodist Church and its predecessors since the late nineteenth century expresses pastoral concern for recovering alcoholics, enables the participation of children and youth, and supports the church's witness of abstinence." (The United Methodist Book of Worship)