At MUCC, Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month. To learn more about Holy Communion at MUCC, take a look at the information below.
The meaning of Communion
In the sacrament of Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist, meaning “thanksgiving,” Christians hear, taste, touch and receive the grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ in a unique way. Communion is:
a joyous act of thanksgiving for all God has done, is doing, and will do for the redeeming of creation;
a sacred memorial of the crucified and risen Christ, a living and effective sign of Christ’s sacrifice in which Christ is truly and rightly present to those who eat and drink;
an earnest prayer for the presence of the Holy Spirit to unite those who partake with the Risen Christ and with each other, and to restore creation, making all things new;
an intimate experience of fellowship in which the whole church in every time and place is present and divisions are overcome;
a hopeful sign of the promised Realm of God marked by justice, love and peace.
The United Church of Christ Book of Worship reminds us that “the invitation and the call [to the supper] celebrate not only the memory of a meal that is past, but an actual meal with the risen Christ that is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet at which Christ will preside at the end of history.”
How is Communion served?
At MUCC, and at many UCC churches, Communion is served by individual squares of bread and individual cups. Communion is served by Deacons and Deaconesses at the altar. For those who are unable to move to the altar, the elements will be brought to them.
Who may receive Communion?
The Communion Table at MUCC is “open to all Christians who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people.” This includes members of other churches.
At the discretion of their parents, children may partake in Communion after a discussion about the meaning of the sacrament of Holy Communion.