The following words appear in the welcome literature of the congregation that I am privileged to serve. On this World Communion Sunday, I find myself reading through these words and meditating upon their meaning.
The United Methodist tradition maintains that the bread and cup of the Lord’s Supper are not merely symbols, but conduits for the real presence of the Living Christ. We believe, therefore, that Christ-followers are to partake of the Lord’s Supper often and with joyful reverence.
No specific rule exists concerning the participation of children in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (meaning that there is no specific age that children must reach before they are granted access to the Lord’s table). This decision is left up to the parents. However, since infants are permitted to experience baptism in the United Methodist tradition, it makes good theological sense that children also be invited to come to the Lord’s table as soon as they are able to do so. After all, children bring a wide-eyed excitement to the Communion table that is both beautiful and appropriate.
At Central Highlands Church, the Lord’s Supper is celebrated weekly at the SATURDAY NIGHT service. It is celebrated monthly (on the first Sunday of each month) at our Sunday morning worship services.
As United Methodist Christians, we believe all are welcome at the Communion table who repent of their sin and place their trust in Christ, regardless of their denominational affiliation or church membership status. One need not be a member of any particular congregation in order to commune at Central Highlands Church. All that is required is an availability to the grace of Jesus Christ and a willingness to acknowledge our need for him.
This day, I pray that many if not all of you are able to taste a portion of the goodness of God in the bread and cup of the Lord’s Supper.
I’ll be with you at the table.