Grace understands that Holy Communion is a sacred act in which God provides assurance of His forgiveness. We see and taste the bread and wine that are present in the Sacrament, but we also recognize the real, miraculous presence of Jesus’ body and blood too. Jesus said, “This IS my body and this IS my blood.” And, St. Paul refers to Holy Communion as a “participation” in the body and blood of Christ. So although we don’t fully understand how it is possible, we believe the Bible when it says that the body and blood of Christ are present in Holy Communion. How reassuring it is for Christ to be really present with us!
Grace also recognizes the Bible’s teaching that Holy Communion is more than just a relationship with our Savior. It is also a confession of common faith with the people whom we share the Sacrament. Grace is careful to ensure that people are informed about Grace’s beliefs before inviting them to express unity with us in Holy Communion. We ask everyone to speak with our pastor before communing and consider taking our Bible Information Class before receiving the Sacrament at Grace. This careful practice is called "Close Communion".