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Church Calendar

9 am Sunday School
10 - 11 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

Worship Service  (each Sunday)

Coffee and Fellowship Time

  Every 1st Sunday Holy Communion during Worship
1st Wednesday of each month
1-2 pm
Central VA Food Bank
Mobile Kitchen distributes food at Mizpah UMC
  The Food Pantry at Bruington Church is always in need of non-perishable food items - Mizpah will collect and pass your donations on to Bruington that you wish to drop off at Mizpah.

Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month.
Please join us at the Lord's Table.
All are Welcome!

United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion
This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion was adopted by
The General Conference of The United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 6, 2004.
(condensed from:
Worship - This Holy Mystery )

  • In the New Testament, at least six major ideas about Holy Communion are present: thanksgiving, fellowship, remembrance, sacrifice, action of the Holy Spirit and eschatology.
  • Holy Communion is Eucharist, an act of thanksgiving. The early Christians "broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praised God, and enjoying the favor of all the people" (Acts 2:46-47)
  • Holy Communion is the communion of the church--the gathered community of the faithful, both local and universal.
  • Holy Communion is remembrance, commemoration, and memorial, but this remembrance is much more than simply intellectual recalling. "Do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) is anaminesis (the biblical Greek word). This dynamic action becomes re-presentation of past gracious acts of God in the present, so powerfully as to make them truly present now. Christ is risen and is alive here and now, not just remembered for what was done in the past.
  • Holy Communion is a type of sacrifice. It is a re-presentation, not a repetition, of the sacrifice of Christ. Hebrews 9:26 makes clear that "he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself." Christ's atoning life, death, and resurrection make divine grace available to us. We also present ourselves as sacrifice in union with Christ (Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5) to be used by God in the work of redemption, reconciliation, and justice. In the Great Thanksgiving, the church prays: "We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us..."
  • Holy Communion is a vehicle of God's grace through the action of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) whose work is described in John 14:25; "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you." The epiclesis (biblical Green meaning calling upon) is the part of the Great Thanksgiving that calls the Spirit; "Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine." The church asks God to "make them be for us the body and blood of Christ that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world...
  • Holy Communion is eschatological, meaning that it has to do with the end of history, the outcome of God's purpose for the world--"Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again." We commune not only with the faithful who are physically present but with the saints of the past who join us in the sacrament. To participate is to receive a foretaste of the future, a pledge of heaven" until christ comes in final victory and we feast at this heavenly banquet." Christ himself looked forward to this occasion and promised the disciples, "I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom". When we eat and drink at the Table, we become paratakers of the divine nature in this life and for life eternal (John 6:45-58; Revelation 3:20). We are anticipating the heavenly banquet celebrating God's victory over sin, evil, and death (Matthew 22:1-14; Revelation 19:9; 21:1-7). In the midst of the personal and systemic brokenness in which we live, we yearn for everlasting fellowship with Christ and ultimate fulfillment of the divine plan. Nourished by sacramental grace, we strive to be formed into the image of Christ and to be made instruments for transformation in the world.