The Reformed tradition understands Baptism and the Lord's Supper to be Sacraments. Sacraments are signs of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church and symbols of God's action. Through the Sacraments, God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service.
The Sacrament of Baptism, the sign and seal of God’s grace and our response, is the foundational recognition of Christian commitment. It is appropriately celebrated as part of the regular worship service, and includes statements concerning the biblical meaning of Baptism, the responsibility to be assumed by those desiring Baptism for themselves or their children, and the nurture to be undertaken by the church.
Baptism is received only once, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognizes all Baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches.
At South Highland, we offer the Sacrament of Baptism to people of all ages, including infants and children. Because Baptism takes place at the during regular Sunday Worship service, it should be scheduled with the pastor as far in advance as possible.
THE LORD'S SUPPER
Around the Table of the Lord, God’s people are in communion with Christ and with all who belong to Christ. Reconciliation with Christ compels reconciliation with one another. All the baptized faithful are welcomed to the Table, and none shall be excluded. Coming to the Lord’s Table the faithful are actively to seek reconciliation in every instance of conflict or division between them and their neighbors.
In this meal the Church celebrates the joyful feast of the people of God, and anticipates the great banquet and marriage supper of the Lamb. Brought by the Holy Spirit into Christ’s presence, the Church eagerly expects and prays for the day when Christ shall come in glory and God be all in all. Nourished by this hope, the Church rises from the Table and is sent by the power of the Holy Spirit to participate in God’s mission to the world, to proclaim the gospel, to exercise compassion, to work for justice and peace until Christ’s Kingdom shall come at last.
At South Highland, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month and also on Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.
Communion for homebound members may be scheduled through the Pastor’s office.