Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: A Holy Land Pilgrimage
Led by Rev. Dr. Jay Terbush and Pastor Ray Medeiros
Facilitated by Educational Opportunities Tours
February 3-14, 2020
Price: $3658 all inclusive except for lunches and love offering for tour bus driver and tour guide. Find more information here.
Sacrament of Communion
This is the joyful feast of the people of God. Men and Women, youth and children, come from the east and the west, ome from the north and the south, and gather about Christ’s table.*
We believe that all people are included in the Family of God. The church recognizes no barriers in the sacrament of Communion. Children, as part of the whole people of God, are welcome to be included at the table.
We are also reminded in scripture that Jesus said, “let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) After careful reflection and study and based upon scripture, tradition, and faith, the Diaconate and the Christian Education Committee have jointly developed the following guidelines.
We, the congregation believes:
- Everyone is welcome to participate in the Sacrament of Communion.
- In promoting greater understanding of the Sacrament of Communion for all. It is the responsibility of the congregation to provide support and the responsibility of the Diaconate, the Christian Education Committee, and the Pastor to provide formal education.
- In encouraging parental guidance and involvement in children’s participation in the Sacrament of Communion.
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a gift freely given by Christ to nourish each and every one of us, the whole people of God.
*U.C.C. Order of Service, The Hymnal of the United Church of Christ, page 20
Our labyrinth is a classical Chartres design. It is set up and open to supervised use by the public during special times of the church year such as Advent and Lent.
Walking a labyrinth is an ancient method for the practice of prayer and meditation. The labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. There is no right way to walk a labyrinth. You only have to enter and follow the path. However, your walk can encompass a variety of attitudes. It may be joyous or somber. It might be thoughtful or prayerful. You may use it as a walking meditation.