What is Communion?
Otherwise known as Word & Table, Communion is a way we remember Jesus and unite with His Story – becoming human, ministering throughout his life, dying on the cross, raising from the dead, ascending into Heaven and waiting for His future return. It is also a special moment for us to repent of our sins, be comforted by His grace and experience His presence. Communion is sacred because Jesus, who is both human and divine, took the bread and wine and declared (as stated in Scripture above) “This is my body. This is my blood.”
How and when does Asbury celebrate Communion?
Jesus told us to participate in Communion “in remembrance of me.” John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, believed every Christian should take Communion frequently. The first Christians shared Communion weekly as a response to what Jesus Christ had done for them – forgiveness of their sins and eternal life through Him.
Asbury upholds this tradition as a way to remember Jesus' sacrifice, give thanks to Him and celebrate what we've learned in Scripture during Sunday's sermon. Sunday's sermon and Communion, also known as the Word & Table, is our "two-way" conversation with God. While God speaks to us through the sermon, we respond to Him by coming to the Table. This is why we celebrate Communion.... every service, every week.
Can I participate in Communion, even though I’m not an Asbury member?
Absolutely! We have an “open table,” meaning you don’t have to be a member of Asbury or The United Methodist Church to receive Communion. ALL are invited to the Lord’s Table; but don’t feel pressured to participate, as it is optional.
How old do you have to be to participate in Communion?
Asbury is a multi-generational church – we believe every age is welcome and invited to the Lord’s table. For parents of children and students, we suggest explaining the importance of Communion beforehand. Our Family Ministry, AsburyKids and Asbury Students, can help you find age-appropriate ways to do so.
Where do you get your Communion bread?
Our Communion bread is made in the building by our very own Virginia Huddleston! Virginia arrives bright and early – 5:30 am to be exact – on Sunday mornings to start baking with the hope of you smelling the fresh bread while walking into worship services.
Is this the actual body and blood of Jesus?
We believe the sacraments (bread and juice) are symbols of God’s grace, rather than the actual changing into the physical, literal body and blood of Jesus.
Is real wine used in Communion?
At Asbury, we use grape juice so no one will be hindered from receiving Communion!
What if I’m gluten-intolerant?
No worries! We have gluten-free options at each service.