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Communion Theology

 

We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make a loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make a cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.*

At DUC, we often use these words to extend our extravagant welcome to the communion table:

This is the Lord’s table, so the invitation comes from Jesus Christ himself, and it is always the same. Come as you are. It does not matter where you have been or where you are going, it does not matter what you have done or what you have left undone, it does not matter if you view yourself as a success or a failure in this life. There is always room at this table for you. All you ever need to approach this table is a willingness to come forward. This is the Lord’s table, and you are invited to make it your table.

*from the UCC.org website at http://www.ucc.org/about-us/what-we-believe.html