The Sacrament of Holy Communion
The Sacrament of Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist, or the Lord's Supper) is the perpetual celebration of remembrance and thanksgiving for the death and resurrection of Jesus, until he comes again in glory. By the power of the Holy Spirit, as the bread and cup are lifted before us to receive, we are lifted spiritually to the ascended Lord, with whom we have holy communion, and wherein the Lord confirms and strengthens our faith, nourishing us toward eternal life, and providing a foretaste of the heavenly feast to come. Further, we are united with all Christians of every time and place as one body when we receive this meal. It is a perpetual remembrance and celebration of the meaning of our baptism.
At Bessemer Presbyterian, Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and on special days in the life of the church. All those who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to share with us at the Lord’s Table, regardless of church membership; for our access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, penitence and love.
Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of this celebration and the meaning of their response may receive the Lord’s Supper, recognizing that their understanding will vary according to their maturity.