Sacraments

St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), celebrates two sacraments: baptism and holy communion.  Both sacraments must be dispensed by a minister of the Word, lawfully ordained.

Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ.  It is a sacrament of initiation, administered only once, by which individuals are incorporated into the church, the body of Christ.  Not only do we baptize those teens and adults who actually do profess faith in and obedience unto Christ; but we also baptize infants and children of one or both believing parents.  Presbyterians believe that baptism is God's act; so we do not "re-baptize" those who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, because baptism remains until our death and re-emergence into the new life in Christ. The sprinkling of water on the head of the individual being baptized is done so in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Performed publically, baptism symbolizes the washing away of sin through Christ and the individual's entry into the family of believers.  

Holy Communion is also known as the Lord's Supper.  At the Lord's Supper, Christ instituted the sacrament of his body and blood to be observed in His Church unto the end of the world.  During communion we reflect on what God has done for us  in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ -- and the glorious, promised future being prepared for us.  For Presbyterians, the bread and wine (or grape juice) symbolize Christ's body and blood.  At St. Luke's we celebrate holy communion each week at The Gathering (9:00 a.m. short, contemporary service) and on the first Sunday of every month at our 10:55 a.m. traditional service.  Rev. Harbison also administers holy communion at special services throughout the year such as, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.

Please feel free to contact Rev. Harbison
with any questions you may have about the sacraments.