Sunday, September 02, 2012
"Clean Hands" Sermon, part 2, & Service Of Holy Communion 09-02-12
Once on the Internet, click on any photo image, above, to view it in larger format and/or click on the arrow in the video icon, below, to view a video of Part 2 of the "Clean Hands" sermon by Brother Carl Sterling followed by the Service of Holy Communion by Brother Carl:
"Clean Hands" Sermon, Part 2 & Service of Holy Communion Video by Brother Carl Sterling, Pastor, Tinney Chapel UMC.
Each local United Methodist church determines how often to serve communion. Many churches celebrate communion once a month, often on the first Sunday. Communion is also celebrated on special days of the year, such as Christmas and Easter. There has gradually been a move toward more frequent celebration of the Lord's Supper. Some United Methodist churches now celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week.
The pastor will be able to provide information on the worship services and the communion traditions of the local church.
The table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and seeks to lead a new life of peace and love, as the invitation to the table says.
The United Methodist Book of Worship says, “All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup. We have no tradition of refusing any who present themselves desiring to receive” (page 29). This statement means that in practice there are few, if any, circumstances in which a United Methodist pastor would refuse to serve the elements of Holy Communion to a person who comes forward to receive.
By Water and the Spirit affirms: “Because the table at which we gather belongs to the Lord, it should be open to all who respond to Christ’s love, regardless of age or church membership. The Wesleyan tradition has always recognized that Holy Communion may be an occasion for the reception of converting, justifying, and sanctifying grace.”
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