You will quickly experience Grace by the Sea as a busy place on Sunday morning; ours is always an environment of high energy and excitement and fellowship as we gather around the Lord’s Table for our Worship Service at 9:30 am. For those desiring a more quiet atmosphere, we invite you to participate in “mid-week” Eucharist, each Wednesday at 12 PM. Children’s Ministry and Nursery Care is offered during the Sunday morning worship service. We do offer Gluten free wafers for those who are sensitive to gluten and we drink from a Common Cup.
Who can commune [make their communion] at Grace By the Sea?
We take the Eucharist very seriously at Grace By the Sea so when we are invited to come forward to “make our communion” we do so believing that the offering of ourselves as a living, spiritual sacrifice together with our reception of the bread and wine truly is a supernatural moment of intimate contact with God. We do not believe it matters how “good” or “spiritual” you are, or what you might have done for the Lord, or how much of the Bible you know, but we do believe no one should make their sacramental communion [receive the bread and wine] unless they come forward with a proper attitude:
A) Intend to live into the fullness of your baptism. We understand that the whole of our lives is to be directed to living out the
implications of our baptism but that we may fail to do so for many reasons. A proper attitude therefore, must at the very least, include our intention to reorder our lives accordingly.
B) Faith that Jesus lived and died for you, and so inaugurated the Kingdom. Ask yourself if you truly believe Jesus Christ died for your sins and has established you in the Kingdom (He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son [COL 1.13]). If so, then you are prepared. If someone does not believe the words that Jesus speaks about His Supper, that it is “for you” and “for the forgiveness of sins,” then they should not commune.
C) Faith that Christ’s words mean what they say. When Jesus said “This is my body,” he spoke literally, not figuratively so we believe Christ Himself is truly present in the Lord’s Supper [Anglicans differ among themselves understanding how Christ is present, not that He is present]. If someone does not believe the bread and wine which is blessed to be the body and blood of Christ, they should not commune. (The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion in the body of Christ? [I Cor. 10:16])
D) Willingness to forgive. In other words, if anyone would commune knowing they willfully were harboring unforgiveness toward another, then they eat and drink unworthily. (Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.)
E) Willingness to confess and turn from sin. Anyone who knowingly and willfully intends to continue in sin, and makes their communion thereby eats and drinks judgment. However, all those who are sorry for their sin and failings, and desire grace and forgiveness through repentance, should commune. The Lord’s Supper is for those who know they need mercy and forgiveness, and who believe God will indeed receive them on the merits of Christ alone. The Eucharist is “for you.”
These are exciting times for our congregation as we plan and strategize for the work of the Kingdom into which the Lord might be calling us. Come, join with us, and be part of the adventure!