Sacraments in the Reformed Tradition - The Reformed tradition understands Baptism and the Lord's Supper to be Sacraments, instituted by God and commended by Christ. Saraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, symbols of God's action. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God and marks them for service. Book of Order W-1.3033 (2)
The Lord's Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. In remembering, believers received and trust the love of Christ present to them and to the world; they manifest the reality of the covenant of grace in reconciling and being reconciled; and they proclaim the power of Christ's reign for the renewal of the world in justice and in peace. Book of Order W-2.4000
At First Presbyterian Church we serve communion on the first Sunday of each month. Believers of any age and any denominational background are invited to participate. In order to symbolize the offering of ourselves to God, we sometimes have communion by intinction. We come forward and receive a large cube of gluten free bread and dip it in the cup, partaking immediately. Sometimes communion is served in the pew. One does not have to be a member of our church to participate in this sacrament.
Any person professing their faith in Jesus Christ may request through the Session both membership to the church and to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Baptism at First Presbyterian Church is applied by pouring or sprinkling from the Baptismal font. Infant baptism is also practiced as we believe that God's grace comes to us before we are able to recognize it or fully understand it.
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If you have any concerns or questions about receiving or participating in the sacraments at First Presbyterian Church, please ask our pastors anytime.