An Invitation to the Supper
In obedience to God’s word, we invite to join us at the Lord’s Supper visitors who come worthily, with discernment, and in self-examination (1 Cor. 11:27 – 32). Since the Apostle Paul reminds us that the Supper can bring both judgment and blessing, we desire to administer this holy meal with the utmost of care. If you are a communicant member in good standing of a sister United Reformed Churches of North America (URCNA) or North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC) congregation, you are welcome at the table. If not, please confirm with the Elders that the following is true before coming to the Supper:
- You have been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- You have made a public profession of faith.
- You are repentant because of your sins and seek to obey God’s commands.
- You are a member in good-standing of a Protestant Church that affirms the following:
- The gospel is summarized in the Apostles’ Creed and/or the Nicene Creed.
- God’s justification of sinners is based on the of the imputed righteousness of Christ, which is received by faith alone.
- The two sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are a means of grace.
- Church discipline should be exercised according to Scripture.
If this does not describe you or your church, or if you do not understand these criteria, we ask you to please abstain. If you wish to commune with us on a future visit, or if you desire any clarification, please speak with our Pastor or an Elder after the service.
It is our prayer that this practice blesses and protects the recipients of the Supper, encourages Christians to reflect upon their relationship with Christ and His Church, and directs all visitors to the death and resurrection of Jesus as the only source of our spiritual life.
We err not when we say that what is eaten and drunk by us is the proper and natural body and the proper blood of Christ. But the manner of our partaking of the same is not by the mouth, but by the spirit through faith.— Belgic Confession, Article 35
When you join us on Sunday at the Supper, please wait to be dismissed, then come forward in the center aisle to receive the bread and wine. The center ring of the tray has grape juice, and gluten free bread is available upon request. Please take the elements back to your seat via the side aisles. After hearing the Words of Institution we will all partake together, as one Body.