Communion at The Congregational Church is a time of remembrance, celebration and faith.
“The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” – 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 NRSV
- Typically celebrated the first Sunday of the month and on other selected occasions. Dates can vary by decision of the Worship Ministry Team and the minister. Check the church calendar to confirm whether communion is to be served.
- The church practices open communion. Christ is the host and the table from which communion is served is Christ’s table and all, without exception, are welcome to participate. Children remain in worship during the communion service and are invited to participate.
- The communion elements consist of the cup (grape juice) and bread (gluten free; dairy, soy and nut free; non-GMO from Canyon Bakehouse).
- The minister presides at the communion table and members of the church join the minister in serving the elements.
- Communion is served a variety of ways:
- In the pew where a tray of bread cubes is passed by the ushers and eaten at the recipients’ discretion. This is followed by a tray of small cups, which are held until all are served and then drunk in unison as directed by the minister. Used cups are placed in special holders found on pew backs near the hymnal rack.
- At the front of the church where individuals process to the front to receive the bread where it is eaten and then they take a cup to be consumed upon receiving it. Used cups are placed in a basket before returning to the pew.
- By intinction at the front of the church where communicants receive a chunk of bread and then dip the bread into a common cup. Both elements are then consumed together prior to returning to the pew.
- At tables during special events where recipients are seated around a table and are served the bread and cup in a meal-like setting.
- As an outreach ministry, a monthly communion service is provided mid-week to residents at three Rochester senior living facilities (Charter House, Shorewood, and Homestead). Others are welcome to participate. Check the church calendar for dates, times and places.
- Communion is also provided to homebound individuals when the minister visits.
You can learn more about the meaning and practice of communion in the UCC at http://www.ucc.org/worship_communion.