What are sacraments?

The word sacrament is based on the Latin word sacramentum, which means "something sacred." 

In the early church, sacramentum came to stand for many things sacred, including rites that had a hidden meaning. 

During the Reformation, using Scripture as a guide, the reformers limited the number of sacraments to two – baptism and the Lord's Supper (also known as Holy Communion). 


These sacraments, instituted by Christ, are a means of grace within the covenant community. 

They are visible signs and seals of something internal and invisible and the means

by which God works in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism

In ancient days, God's people circumcised their infant boys. This was an outward sign of an inward faith and covenant ... they would be God's people, and He would be their God. 


Centuries later, Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River. This was a new outward expression, as well as a new covenant ... believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, and you will not perish but have eternal life.


So baptism is an outward expression of the inward faith that Jesus is Lord. For infants, we promise to raise the child in faith. For adults, the baptized individual acknowledges this faith for him/herself.


If you desire to be baptized, please contact

Pastor Glen at gblumer@msn.com.

Communion

What is communion?

Communion, also known as the Lord's Supper or Eucharist, is Christ's gift to the church. 


On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with his disciples. "This is my body that is for you," he said. "Do this in remembrance of me." He also took a cup of wine and said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me."


Following Jesus' example and instruction, when the church celebrates the Lord's Supper we receive gifts of bread and juice; we give thanks to God; we break the bread and pour the wine; we share the food and drink with each other. The Lord's Supper is a means by which Christ continually nourishes, strengthens and comforts us.


What happens during communion?

Through our prayers and the sharing of bread and wine, we are joined to Christ and through Christ to each other. During Communion we remember what God has done for us. The past event of our Lord's death, resurrection and ascension comes into the present so that its power once again touches us, changes us, and heals us. We gather at the table with joy, eating and drinking to celebrate our risen Lord. 


If you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, 

you are welcome to join us.