What is meaning of The Lord’s Supper for Presbyterians?
The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. The Lord’s Supper, or “The Eucharist,” was given by Christ himself. In this sacrament, the bread and wine, the words and actions make the promises of God visible and concrete.
At the Lord’s Table, the Church is
- Renewed and empowered by the memory of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and promise to return;
- Sustained by Christ’s pledge of undying love and continuing presence with God’s people;
- Sealed in God’s covenant of grace through partaking of Christ’s self-offering.
As the people of God bless and thank God, remembering Jesus Christ the Son, they call upon the Holy Spirit to:
- Lift them into Christ’s presence;
- Bind them with Christ and with one another;
- Unite them in communion with all the faithful in heaven and on earth;
- Nourish them with Christ’s body and blood that they may mature into the fullness of Christ;
- Keep them faithful as Christ’s body, loving and serving God, one another, and their neighbors in the world
Who may participate in the Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper?
The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who have been baptized, remembering that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Christ Jesus.
No one shall be excluded because of race, sex, age, economic status, social class, handicapping condition, difference of culture or language, or any barrier created by human injustice. Coming to the Lord’s Table the faithful are actively to seek reconciliation in every instance of conflict or division between them and their neighbors.
When is The Lord’s Supper celebrated at Westminster?