Our Sacraments

Baptism

In Baptism, we affirm that even before we know it or can respond, we belong to God.  God’s forgiving love is given to us freely and is not something we can earn. A person may receive the sacrament of baptism as an infant or as an adult. An adult receiving baptism is asked to affirm their faith with the following questions:

  • Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?
  • Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love)
  • Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?
  • Will you be a faithful member in this congregation, giving of yourself in every way, and will you seek the fellowship of the church wherever you may be?

When a child is baptized, the parents answer the above questions on behalf of the child, until the child is old enough to confirm these faith questions for themselves. The following question is added:

  • Relying on God’s grace, do you promise to live the Christian faith and to teach that faith to your child?

Holy Communion

26873111684_1d28458b33_oIn Communion, we are made one with Christ and Christ’s body, the church. In the Presbyterian service of Holy Communion,  participants usually pass the bread and wine from person to person—a symbol of each person serving as a priest (servant) to the other person. We believe that each Christian has direct access to God through worship, prayer, personal confession, and the study of Scripture.

Generally Communion is celebrated at First Presbyterian Church on the first Sunday of each month at worship and also on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) and at other special services throughout the year.