In the Disciples tradition, we celebrate Holy Communion every week, partaking of the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. You don’t have to be a church member to participate in the Lord’s Supper with us. In fact, it’s not required that you be a member of any church, as communion is open to all believers in Jesus Christ. We remember Christ in the breaking of the bread as he commanded us, saying, “This is my body, broken for you.” We also remember him in the cup, symbolizing his shed blood, for Jesus asked us to “Do this, as often as you drink this cup, in remembrance of me.
The Lord’s Supper is typically served in a formal distribution with individual cups and communion wafers. We first take a wafer and eat, to symbolize our individual relationship with Christ; then, we hold the cup until the end of the liturgy and share it together to symbolize our common life as a church.
We use non-alcoholic grape juice - not wine - in the communion cup. While this practice distinguishes us from some other Eucharistic traditions, we believe it is important that our worship recognizes the needs of non-drinkers, recovering alcoholics, and children.