Holy Communion, also known as Holy Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering, is the central part of the act of worship at Christ Church. The Holy Eucharist was instituted by Christ and it recalls Jesus's words and actions at the Last Supper. Celebrating the Eucharist renews and strengthens our union with Christ and our fellow Christians.
At Christ Church, communion is open to baptized Christians from any denomination. Those wishing to receive Communion should go forward at the usher’s signal and kneel at the altar rail. They should hold out their hands to receive the bread. They may receive the wine by drinking from the common cup or they may dip their bread into the cup. Those not desiring wine may simply cross their arms in front of their chest and the wine will pass by. Those choosing not to receive communion may remain in their seats or may come forward (as for communion) for a blessing by kneeling and crossing their arms across their chests.
Baptism is the outward sign of belief in Jesus. It represents our union with Jesus in his death, burial and resurrection. Baptism signifies our birth into God’s family, forgiveness of sins and our new life in the Holy Spirit that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
Logically, Baptism would follow that belief, which is the case with adult Baptism. But, coming out of the Jewish tradition of Circumcision, Christian parents include their children in the external expressions of faith. A child’s baptism, therefore, is their entry point into the Covenant Community of the Church. The Scripture promises that if we train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) Since many Baptisms are of children, we need to give it special consideration. There is only one reason for the Christian baptism of a child – the parents have made Jesus Christ the head of their household. Such families have a special relationship (called the New Covenant) with God in which they want their children to share. The Lord Jesus has given Baptism as the outward sign of this relationship.
When a young child is presented for baptism, godparents (or “sponsors”) stand with the parents, and join them in making very serious commitments. The parents and godparents promise to do all in their power to insure the child’s Christian nurture. Keep several considerations in mind regarding the selection of godparents:
The promises the godparents will make, along with the parents, are earnest commitments that can only be made by faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Parents are strongly urged to recruit only persons who are willing and able to carry out those responsibilities faithfully.
We set aside certain specific days for baptisms throughout the year. In preparation for the baptism service, we offer a required class called The Foundations Course. This course explains and discusses the meaning, history, and ceremony of the baptismal service, as well as the role and responsibilities of those who sponsor a child for baptism. Parents who wish to present their children for baptism, as well as all candidates over the age of nine, are expected to attend the class. Godparents, as well, are strongly encouraged to attend.
As its name suggests, Confirmation is an opportunity for Christians to confirm the promises made at Baptism. In this two thousand year old sacramental rite individuals (age 12 and up) make a mature, public affirmation of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
Candidates for Confirmation and Reception are asked to complete a process of instruction before receiving this sacramental rite.
While every Christian shares in the ministry of the priesthood of all believers, some are called by God to be ordained as Deacons, Priests, and Bishops.
Ordination authorizes individuals to exercise pastoral oversight within the church, preach, and administer the sacraments.
In Christian marriage, a man and a woman enter into a life-long union, making their vows before God and the Church to live their lives with Jesus Christ as the foundation of their marriage. The Book of Common Prayer states:
“… marriage is not to be entered into unadvised or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.”
Thus, we take marriage quite seriously. We are here to help couples plan and prepare not only for their wedding ceremony, but also for their entire married life.
Those who desire to be married at Christ Church must be members, they must meet with a member of the clergy and undergo professional Christian counseling. For a marriage preparation packet, contact Joy Turpin, Wedding Director, at 972-618-0222.
One of the most joy-filled and life changing times for a person is his/her wedding day. It is a very special celebration of the love shared by a man and a woman as well as the beginning of a lifelong commitment between a husband and a wife. We seek to help couples plan and prepare not only for their wedding ceremony, but also for their entire married life. All couples who desire to be married in this parish are asked to complete a specific course of preparation which includes an orientation class on marriage, professional counseling and sessions with a member of the clergy. For Circle of Two information or inquiries, contact Fr. Jeff Rawn at 214-291-5058.
A Christian funeral is an Easter celebration that reflects the Church’s hope grounded in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We gather, knowing that as Christians, we too will be raised from the dead with all who have gone before us.
Because we focus on death as part of the continuing cycle of life, the service of Burial of the Dead is a liturgy of the Church characterized by joy and offered to God. This worship is offered on behalf of the faithful departed, and for the benefit of us who are still on our earthly pilgrimage.