Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism
Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is one of the two Sacraments celebrated at Mt. Zion. Presbyterians recognize two sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ: baptism and The Lord’s Supper. Almost all other Christian denominations also celebrate these sacraments. We celebrate Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper.
We celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month, on Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, World Communion Sunday, and Christmas Eve. Children are welcome to participate in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. We celebrate Holy Communion because we are following Christ’s example. The minister serving at the Lord’s Table takes bread and wine (we use grape juice), gives thanks for them, breaks the bread, pours the juice, and gives them to the people.
By taking part in Holy Communion, we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, give thanks to God, share God’s love with one another, and look forward to the coming of God’s reign in all its fullness. These are only some of the dimensions of this “mystery of grace.”
Mt. Zion practices infant baptism, believing that God’s love for us precedes any response we might make to God, and that the children of believers are included in God’s covenant family.
People who wish to join Mt. Zion and have been baptized in other churches and other denominations are not required to be re-baptized in order to join. We understand baptism to be a one-time sacrament and do not offer rebaptism. We do periodically offer opportunities to participate in a renewal of baptism vows service of re-dedication and we do a “Baptismal Remembrance” service occasionally during worship.
Please consult with the pastor to discuss any questions about baptism.