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The Sacraments

Two given to us by Christ and

Five given to us by traditions of the early church. 

The sacraments are the outward signs of God's love for his people.  They are a sign that God loves his people in a  very special, in what we call, an efficacious way.  

The two sacraments instituted by Christ in his ministry here on earth are Baptism and the Eucharist. 

The five sacraments of tradition given to us by the apostles and the early church are reconciliation, confirmation, marriage, anointing of the sick, and holy orders. 

To have any of the sacraments administered, especially anointing of the sick, please call us and we will be glad to try and assist in anyway we can.

Baptism - John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Luke 3:16. This sacrament is the first sacrament people receive.  This sacrament is part of the initiation into the Christian church.  Baptism washes away sin and joins people to the body of Christ.  Baptism is essential for salvation and should be received with the utmost respect and understanding of what the individual is asking of the church. The church welcomes parents who wish to have their children baptized under the condition that the parents are making a statement of faith on behalf of the child and will raise the child as a Christian bring the child closer to God.  A person who is at the age of reason can request baptism on their own.  A priest or one who is given the task, will walk with the parents of the child or with the person who is requesting baptism for themselves and explain what the sacraments means and what it means for the person receiving it. 

Eucharist - "And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." - Luke 22:19-20

Also known as Holy Communion or the Lords Supper is the remembrance of Christ sacrafice for us on the cross in the unbloody form. The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received. The whole Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. We use the words "really, truly, and substantially" to describe Christ's presence in the Holy Eucharist in order to distinguish Our Lord's teaching from that of mere men who falsely teach that the Holy Eucharist is only a sign or figure of Christ, or that He is present only by His power. This communion is for all Christians to receive Christ body and blood as we make our profession of faith in Him.  The Eucharist is a sacrament that priest and bishops make real on the altar.  All baptized Christians are able to receive the Eucharist.  Christ is for all mankind and it is not for us to deny Christ to anyone who seeks Him.  The Eucharist is for all.  We encourage all those who wish to receive communion to do so but do it with full knowledge of what it is we are doing.  We will gladly offer classes to educate the Christian community on the Eucharist.  Jesus said in Matthew 9:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Reconciliation - In the words of Paul, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18). The apostles and their successors are merely ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20), bringing his forgiveness to the world through the sacraments and the message of the gospel. This sacrament usually follows baptism and is a means for people to reconcile themselves to God for sins committed after baptism.  The church teaches that one can appeal themselves directly to God but a confession to God before a priest is just as acceptable.  Confessing ones sins to a priest is a traditional form of confession and is supported biblically in the book of James. A priest who hears your confession is standing in as God's representative and will offer some advice and guidance for the penitent.  A person confessing their sins to a priest will hear the words of absolution in which God, through his priest, absolves the penitent of their sins.  This sacrament can also be taught to the individual before the sacrament is administered and when the person is ready, he or she then can make a proper confession of their sins with full knowledge of what they are about to do. “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you” (John 20:21). Just as Jesus was sent by the Father to reconcile the world to God, Jesus sent the apostles to continue his mission. Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22–23).  James 5:16 tells us, Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Matrimony - this sacrament is the uniting of two persons who consent to vow their lives together forever in a sacramental union under the blessing of God and the church.  This sacrament is administered by deacons, priest, and bishops.  All persons seeking out this sacrament should contact us and we can make arrangements for the wedding to be done. Marriage classes can be done at the request of the couple so they can better understand the sacrament they are receiving. 

Anointing of the sick James 5:13-14 “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”  This sacrament is for anyone who is sick, in the hospital, nursing homes, and for those who are wanting to be anointed either for physical ailment or spiritual.  Priest are by virtue of their ordination can bless and heal through the anointing of oil and laying on of hands.  Matthew 14:14 “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”

Confirmation - Acts 19:5-6 – the people of Ephesus were baptized in Christ, but Paul laid hands on them to seal them with the Holy Spirit. This sacrament is the confirming of ones faith in Christ in which a bishop through the laying of hands and anointing with oil seals the individual with the Holy Spirit.  All persons who are confirmed are now, through traditional belief, fully initiated in the church and members of Christ body.  This sacrament is not a done deal type sacrament.  Reconciliation for ones sins should still be sought out.  Through direction of a priest or lay person assigned to the task, an individual will be taught what it means to be a Christian and to be a confirmed member of the church.  Upon completion of the course, the confirmandi (the one to be confirmed) and the one who is working with the confirmandi will then petition the bishop for confirmation. “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment” (Heb. 6:1–2). Generally this sacrament is administered during the Easter season by a bishop but for pastoral and personal reasons, can be done at anytime of the year.    

Holy Orders - “And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”  (Eph 4:11-12) This sacrament is the the sacrament of priest.  The joining of a man or women into the priesthood of the bishops; the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  Priest are called to a life of sacrifice and a life of service to God and his people.  Through the laying on of hands in silence, a bishop ordains a priest through the invocation of the Holy Spirit.  Priest belong to Christ and should never forget they serve Christ and not themselves.  We invite all people who want to serve Christ as priest to contact us and we will walk with you down the path to ordination. “And like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  (1 Peter 2:5)

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