The Sacraments

Baptism

 

For United Methodists, baptism is the sacrament of initiation that joins us with the church and with Christians everywhere. It's a symbol of new life and a promise of God's saving love... and a sign of God's forgiveness for our sins.

 

Both infants and adults can be baptized. A person receives the sacrament only once in his or her life. Water is the special symbol of baptism.

 

The Lord's Supper

 

The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. By sharing this meal, United Methodists give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and receive grace to empower us to go on in Christian living. The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.

 

As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many.

Mark 14:22-24

 

 
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