An update on Invitation to Christ

This has been a remarkable season of sacramental renewal in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). To learn more about the fruits of the church's intentional period of sacramental practice and reflection (2006-2010), the Office of Theology and Worship's response, and the actions of the 219th General Assembly (2010), read this recent article in Call to Worship, "RSVP: An Ongoing Invitation to Baptismal Discipleship."

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  1. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Directory for Worship (the second part of our Book of Order) provides for the participation of children in the Lord's Supper as follows: "Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord's Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity." (W-2.4011) "It is the responsibility of the whole congregation, particularly exercised through the session, to nurture those who are baptized to respond to the invitation to the Lord's Supper. When a person is baptized as a child, the session shall equip and support the parent(s) or those exercising parental responsibility for their task of nurturing the child for receiving the Lord's Supper. When the child begins to express a desire to receive this Sactrament, the session should take note of this and provide an occasional for recognition and welcome." (W-4.2002)

    by David Gambrell

    May 2, 2011

  2. I would like to know more on the feeling of children being given holy communion at any age, they are going up and recieving the sacrament with thier family, are they understanding or just having a snack? According to 1Corn 11:28-29, aman ought to examine himself before he eats and drinks-----------so as not to drink judgement on himself. It bothers me to see these little ones who haven"t any thought of what they are doing going up and recieving. I am not to judge but I am an elder and I feel responsible for those little ones, just as the parents should feel. Where would I find out teachings on this subject?

    by Dell Ward

    April 26, 2011

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