In keeping with the beliefs of the Moravian Church, we at Rio Terrace Church do not try to define Holy Communion (the Eucharist) – the mystery or sacred character of the sacrament. We do recognize that as we receive the bread and the cup, each individual participates in an ancient and unique act of remembrance, and a time of personal covenant with Christ through the sacrament.
Typically, we celebrate Communion monthly, on the first Sunday. At Rio Terrace we tend to invite folks to come forward to receive the bread and the cup (dipping a piece of bread in the cup) and partaking individually while songs are sung and music played appropriate to the occasion. Traditionally, most Moravian congregations will instead serve the cup and bread to the congregation without individuals moving from their places (the pastors come to the seats and serve each person where they are). We have done this as well, on occasion, usually to correspond with a Moravian festival or commemoration.
World Communion Sunday: celebrated the first Sunday in October – is one of the most venerable of “special Sundays.” The day has taken on new relevancy and depth of meaning in a world where globalization often has undermined peace and justice – and in a time when fear divides the peoples of God’s earth. On this day we celebrate our oneness in Christ, the Prince of Peace, in the midst of the world we are called to serve – a world ever more in need of peacemaking.