Participating in the fellowship of the Christian community.

The Origin of Communion

The communion meal recalls the table fellowship Jesus shared with his disciples, and in particular the Last Supper on the night before his death as well as his appearances to the disciples during meals following his resurrection. Throughout its history these Biblical events have been central to the Church’s worship life.

Communion at OCC

What is a Sacrament in the United Church of Christ?

Sacraments are ritual actions in worship which, according to Scripture, were instituted by Jesus. In the sacraments of baptism and communion we ask the Holy Spirit to use water, bread, and wine to make visible the grace, forgiveness, and presence of God in Christ.

What elements are used? What do they mean?

The broken bread and poured cup 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 OCC we provide gluten-free elements, and always use non-alcoholic grape juice so that children and people with allergies may freely partake.

What words are used?

There are several liturgies for the celebration of Holy Communion. In addition, many liturgies from ecumenical and global sources are frequently used. At the heart of the service are Jesus’ words about the bread and the cup from the Biblical account of the Last Supper.

How is Communion served?

On the first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday. Trays of cubes of bread and small individual cups of grape juice are served to the congregation in their pews. The pastors preside at the Table, assisted by two council members.

Who may receive Communion?

Our Communion Table is open to all who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people. Some visitors from churches which believe communion should only be celebrated among Christians who are in full doctrinal agreement might choose to not participate, their decision is respected.

How often is Communion served?

Our current practice is that we share Communion regularly on the first Sunday of each month.

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