The Communion Guild “sets the table” and cares for everything that is needed for the Eucharist. They prepare for communion and care for the sacramental linens.
The Lord’s Supper (also called Holy Communion, Eucharist)
- The Lord’s Supper is another name for the Eucharist, the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving the church offers to God for all God has done, is doing, and will do to save us and renew all things in Christ.
- Through offering ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, and through receiving the bread and cup—which the Spirit makes for us the body and blood of Christ—celebrating the Lord’s Supper together nourishes and sustains us in our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.
- As we pray together and receive the body and blood of Christ together, we are united with Christ, with one another, and in ministry to all the world.
- All who love Christ, earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another are invited to join us in offering our prayer of thanksgiving and receive the body and blood of Christ—regardless of age or church membership.
- Congregations serve the elements of the Lord’s Supper several ways, but always include both bread and cup.
- The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated and received regularly—John Wesley said, “as often as [one] can.”
For further study:
- This Holy Mystery, the church’s official statement on communion.
- The Meaning of Holy Communion, a booklet based on the church’s official statement.
- An open table: How United Methodists understand communion
- We Are Nourished by Communion
These descriptions of the sacraments are introductory and by no means exhaustive. To learn more about baptism and communion, consult the resources listed in “For further study” under each. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/sacraments