We believe that in the sacrament of Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper, Christians hear, taste, touch and receive the grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of Holy Communion, we are reminded of the Last Supper, in which Jesus shared the bread and the wine with his disciples on the night before his death. The broken bread and the poured wine are representative of the body and blood of the crucified and risen Christ.
We offer “open communion,” meaning that Holy Communion is “open to all Christians who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of God’s people.”
Here at St. Paul you will commonly experience communion in one of two ways. In our traditional service at 9 a.m., bread and wine are passed down the pews in trays, while worshippers remain seated, and we all eat and drink together. In our contemporary service at 10:30 a.m., we invite you to come up to the front of the sanctuary to take a piece of bread from an usher and dip it into a cup of grape juice, then eat as you are served.