One of the most remarkable things that Jesus did was leave us with two sacraments that have become, through 2000 years, very rich symbols of God's love toward us. They are means of grace by which we experience God's love, where we allow God to work in us, and through which we learn again and again what God asks of us. Communion is one of our two sacraments.
I am a Christian but not a member of Wharton United Community Church at St. John's. Am I invited to receive Communion?
Yes indeed. It is God's table, not ours, and it is Jesus himself who heads the table. We all come humbly to this table. We do not refuse any who present themselves desiring to receive. Whether you should receive Communion with us is between you and God.
May I attend your Communion service and not receive Communion?
Yes indeed. We do not want anyone to feel unwelcome because, for whatever reason, they do not choose to receive Communion. Simply remain seated when others go forward, or pass the bread and cup along if they are passed to you, and no one will question what you do.
Should I receive Communion if I feel unworthy?
We are all humbled by the table. Two thousand years ago Jesus ate with those whom others scorned. He still does. And even his closest confidants, his disciples, betrayed him in the end, as we often do. None of us is worthy, except by God's grace. Thank God we don't have to earn worth in God's eyes by our goodness or our faith. Everyone is of sacred worth. Communion provides the opportunity for you to confess your sins, to receive forgiveness and to indicate your intention to lead a new life.
May young children receive Communion?
Certainly. We believe that all who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and the cup. We remember that when some of Jesus' disciples tried to keep children away from him he said: "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." (Mark 10:14)
But do young children know what they are doing when they receive Communion?
Do they understand the full meaning of this holy sacrament? No, and neither do any of us. It is a wonderful mystery, and children can sense wonder and mystery.
May I receive Communion without standing or kneeling?
Certainly. In some congregations most persons receive Communion while standing, while in others most receive while kneeling; but you are always welcome to receive while seated. If others are kneeling at the rail, you may remain standing and you will be served. You may also come forward and be seated on the front row, or come forward in your wheelchair, and you will be served. Or you may notify an usher, and someone will come to you and serve you where you are seated.
If someone in my family wishes to receive Communion but cannot come to the church service, can Communion be brought to them?
Certainly. As an extension of the congregation's celebration of the Lord's Supper, Communion is brought to persons, wherever they are, who wish it but could not attend the service. This can be done by the pastor or other clergy, or by designated laypersons.
Is Communion possible at weddings, at healing services, or at funerals or memorial services?
Yes. If you wish to arrange this, talk with your pastor.
10:00 July - August
10:30 Sept - June
12:30 Centennial Courts (1st Sunday)
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
20 Church Street, Wharton, NJ 07885