The Liturgy of the Table
The priest stands at the altar which has been set with a cup of wine and a plate of bread or communion wafers. Now begins the Eucharistic prayer, which tells the story of our faith. It begins at Creation, leading through the choosing of Israel to be God’s people, through our repeated turning away from God, and God calling us to return. Finally, the presider tells the story of Jesus Christ, and about the night before his death, in which he instructs his disciples to use communion as a way to remember him.
The presider then blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation together says the Lord’s Prayer. The congregation then shares the bread and wine. Mostly, the people all come forward to receive communion, although sometimes the elements are passed around in different ways.
Through the Eucharist, we are strengthened in our relationship with Christ and one another. All who seek a deeper relationship with God are welcome to participate in the communion.