Baptism is how we become members of God’s family, the church. This is how we join ourselves to Jesus and to everyone else who has ever joined themselves to Jesus. Baptism is the initiation of a person into the Body of Christ via water. It’s about taking on a new identity—that of Christ. The Bible has many pictures trying to give us a sense of baptism’s importance:

The washing away of sin and the forgiveness of sin

Death and resurrection

New birth

Baptism is traditionally done via immersion (dipping), but in some cases can be done via pouring water over the head of a person or even sprinkling them with water. Baptism is always done while invoking the Trinity—”In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

If you’d like more information about baptism for yourself or your child, please contact Fr. Pete here. We offer times for baptism multiple times each year at the traditional times of Christian baptism and additionally by special request.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion, also known as the Eucharist, is the receiving of the elements of bread and wine which Christians accept by faith as the real presence of the crucified and resurrected Christ.

The Eucharist has been described as the source and summit of our life in Christ. It is the weekly (or more often, in some cases) renewal of our communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the members of the Body of Christ throughout the world and through time.

The Eucharist is like a diamond with many different facets. It is the re-enactment of the gospel—a reminder of the death, resurrection, and the Second Coming of Christ. It is renewal of our faith and our identity in Christ. It is the strengthening of our spiritual commitment to live under the Lordship of Christ. It is the re-membering of the Body of Christ, as young and old, people of different ethnicities and social classes, and men and women come together to receive from the One Loaf and the One Cup. It is the moment when we are renewed as the Body of Christ in order to be sent out to be what we have been made to the world around us—the hands and feet of Christ.


If you are not yet baptized but desire to receive Communion, we encourage you talk to Fr. Pete after worship about baptism and the process of preparation. A hunger for Communion is a good indicator of a growing desire for baptism. Baptism is the formal act of initiation into Christian faith that historically has always preceded receiving Communion. There is a sacramental and theological logic to this.

We are careful to honor God in how we handle Communion. St. Paul in I Corinthians 11 warns his readers about taking the Body and Blood of Christ casually or inappropriately. So we do our best to receive Communion simultaneously with sober-minded humility and deepest joy. None of us is worthy of this meal, which is precisely the point, and why we must receive it by grace in humility. In taking the very presence of Christ into ourselves we recognize we are intimately connected to God and to the entire Church around the world and through time.


When you come forward to receive the bread, the server will offer it to you. The appropriate response to the words of the server is to quietly say, “Amen.” Some people find this a fitting time to make the sign of the cross. Communion can be received either by intinction (dipping the piece of bread into the wine) or by eating the bread and then drinking directly from the chalice. We request those who are sick to receive Communion by intinction for community health reasons. 

If you are not baptized or are not able to receive Communion for other reasons, you are still invited to come forward and receive a blessing. Cross both your arms over your chest to signify you’d like a blessing. If you’d rather remain in your seat, we invite you to use this time for prayer and reflection.