Chalice

 

The Chalice Symbol links us with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Formed in the early 1800's, the Christian Church merged with the Disciples of Christ and has been a vital part of the American landscape ever since.

 

The chalice symbol represents the centrality of communion.  Gathered at the table each Sunday, we proclaim Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God.  There, we remember him.

Red - symbolic of the blood he shed for the sins of the world and white for his purity (he knew no sin).  The chalice reminds us that our worship hinges on this act of remembrance and God's grace that brings us together.

 

The "St. Andrews Cross" in the chalice reminds us that our call is to share the good news with all people and also symbolic of our Scottish heritage (the St. Andrews cross is still featured on the flag of the United Kingdom.  The leg bone of St. Andrew (the first disciple) was buried under the altar of the St. Andrews Church as their sacred relic.  

 

Instituted by Jesus, Holy Communion anchors all of us to his grace.  Taken, Blessed, Broken and Given are the essential words of this sacred part of our worship.  We believe we are to remember Jesus and to live these essentials within our community.

 

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