Holy Communion (or the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper) is the Sacrament that celebrates the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus often shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance. In his last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples the bread and wine, speaking of them as his body and blood, signs of a new relationship, urging all who would follow to regularly share in this meal. As we partake of the bread and the cup we commemorate and participate in union with God and fellowship with one another. As well, we are strengthened to love and serve God, one another and our neighbors near and far.
The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not limited to any particular tradition or denomination but is offered to all who trust and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 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. In preparing to receive Christ in this Sacrament, we confess our sin and brokenness, seek reconciliation with God and neighbor, and trust in Jesus Christ for cleansing and renewal. Even those who doubt or whose trust wavers may come to the Table in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ. Children who have been baptized are invited to share in the Supper of our Lord regardless of age or understanding, as one does not have to understand the mysteries of God in order to receive them.
At Westwood Presbyterian Church we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month and at other special worship services throughout the year.