Our Church accepts two Sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. We understand that Holy Communion stands at the center of the whole Christian worship. In the Sacrament of Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist (meaning “thanksgiving”), Christians hear, taste, touch and receive the grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ in a unique way. The broken bread and poured wine represent – present anew – the crucified and risen Christ. The wheat gathered to bake one loaf and the grapes pressed to make one cup remind participants that they are one body in Christ, while the breaking and pouring announce the costliness of Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin.
At Bethel-Bethany UCC, the Communion Table is “open to all Christians who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people” (UCC Book of worship). Children, who have not yet confirmed their faith are invited to come forward to receive a blessing from the pastor. Traditionally children receive first communion at the time of confirmation.
Communion is served one of two ways at Bethel-Bethany. We share by the sharing of a common loaf broken into individual cubes of bread and the passing of individual cups in the pews (the outer glasses are wine and the inner circle is grape juice) or by intinction (dipping the bread in the wine).
Communion is celebrated at Bethel-Bethany on the first Sunday of each month and on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter (early service) and Pentecost.