Someone once described a sacrament as an outward sign
of an invisible grace. In our tradition, sacraments are visible signs of the grace
of God that has been offered to us in Jesus Christ. These sacraments come to us
from the commandments of Christ. Thus, in our tradition there are two sacraments:
baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In brief, baptism celebrates the grace of God
that claims and names us as God’s own calling us into a life of faithful witness,
while the Lord’s Supper offers the grace that sustains us for faithful living.
Baptism is a sign of God’s grace freely given, reminding us of the faithfulness of God. We believe that God’s grace is visibly present when we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. We believe that God’s grace is freely given to us enabling our response in faith.
The water of baptism symbolizes the waters of Creation, of the Flood, and of the Exodus from Egypt. Through baptism, we enter into the covenant God has established. In baptism, we remember the grace given to us and the faith that forms our lives: Jesus Christ is Lord.
Baptisms are part of a worship service as a visible sign that we are part of God’s family and responsible for the care and nurturing of those being baptized. People of all ages may be baptized at Palms Presbyterian Church.
At the Lord’s Supper, Jesus Christ is our host as we are called to the table where people will gather from east and west, north and south in the kingdom of God. On the night before his death, Jesus gathered his disciples together at table and offered them bread and cup. In so doing, he also invited them to remember him through the offering of bread and cup. While the Lord’s Supper commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, it also is a foretaste of the God’s kingdom of grace, justice and love. In sharing the bread and cup, we find ourselves fed for the life of love and sacrifice that Christ has called us to as his disciples.
At Palms, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper the first Sunday of each month at all services. The Lord’s Supper consists of bread broken and cup shared. Communion by Intinction is practiced at the 8:30am service (a piece is taken from a loaf of bread and dipped into a chalice of grape juice before being eaten). At the 11am worship service, ushers distribute plates of pre-cut bread and small cups filled with juice to disciples. Communion is celebrated each Sunday at the Sunset Service by Intinction.