On the first Sunday of each month, KCUCC includes Holy Communion as a part of its worship. We practice open communion, so all are welcome to the table. No faith is too weak or doubt too strong. Whether you are a member of our church, another church or no church, there is still a place for you at the communion table. Jesus didn’t turn people away, and neither do we!
Although communion (also called the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist) is called a sacrament in the UCC, we do not believe you must partake of it in order to be a Christian or receive God’s grace. We use the term “sacrament,” because it is a practice instituted by Jesus and therefore it is important. We believe it is a sacred and meaningful ritual that represents God’s inclusive love for everyone. Communion at KCUCC demonstrates our shared community as children of God.
Those taking communion have the option of grape juice or wine and the option of bread or gluten-free communion wafers. We do not believe the bread and the juice/wine are literally the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Instead we understand them as spiritual symbols of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. By taking the bread and the juice/wine, we are reminded of God’s love for us and how God calls us to lead lives that bring healing and wholeness to our world.
Usually we partake of communion by a method called intinction, which means people in the congregation come forward to the front of the sanctuary, break off a piece of bread and dip it into the wine or grape juice before returning to their seats. Sometimes the bread and the juice/wine will be served on plates that are passed to people sitting in the church pews. All who are present are invited to partake of communion, including children. We believe that when Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me,” he meant it, so we believe children participating in communion demonstrates they are an important part of our community of faith.