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Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Denominations often differ over what they recognize as Sacraments. Some recognize as many as seven Sacraments; others have no Sacraments in the life of the church. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has two Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.


•Baptism is a sign and seal of the covenant of grace made by God through Jesus and extended to us.

• In Baptism, God claims us as beloved children and calls us to lives of Christian discipleship.

• Through Baptism we share in Christ’s death and resurrection and become members of Christ’s body, the church, a community of Christ’s followers.

• The practice of Baptism affirms that we are washed clean from sin as we renounce the power of evil and seek the will and way of God.

• In Baptism we receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us with gifts for ministry in the church and world.

• Baptism marks us as Christ’s own forever, with hope and through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for the fulfillment of God’s eternal realm of justice and peace. (from 'Gifts of God')

The Lord's Supper

In the Reformed understanding of the Sacrament of Communion, the Lord’s Table is open to Christians of all traditions. Communion represents our fellowship with the universal church; the table belongs to Christ, who is our host at this great feast. Baptized children, equally members of the body of Christ, are welcome to participate in the Sacrament. We are all children of God, and we continue to grow into our understanding of the Sacraments throughout the life of faith. (from 'Gifts of God')

Lord's Supper table line drawing with candle, host, wine and Bible
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