In our Christian tradition, sacred symbols -- symbols which speak of God and of God’s love and grace -- are called Sacraments. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes seven Sacraments. Our Protestant tradition recognizes two – the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of Communion.   

The Sacrament of Communion recalls and allows us to relive that meal Jesus shared with his companions. With him we give thanks for the bread and for the cup, for the nutrition of our most basic of foods and for the sustenance of God’s love which feeds our soul. Eucharist, a common term for Communion, is derived from the Greek word for thanksgiving, speaking of the depth of our gratitude for God’s sustaining grace.

The bread and the cup also speak powerfully to us of God’s presence in all of life. In times of celebration we come together to eat and to lift the cup in joy and hope. In times of sorrow and anguish, times when we feel crushed, ground into dust, we see the wheat and the grape crushed, yet made into something new that holds life. Jesus’ death, his crushing defeat, would have crushed humanity but for God’s love, which is stronger than anything else in all of creation, drawing him, and us, back into life, restoring to new wholeness his being, and ours.

Malvern Emmanuel United Church shares the Communion on the first Sunday of every month.  Everyone who wishes to receive the bread and cup is welcomed. 

Many of us come quietly, respectfully and prayerfully to this Sacrament. We are asked to be respectful of this spirit.  May we also be respectful of this need to be demonstrative in our thanksgiving!