We taste the mystery of God’s great love for us, and are renewed in faith and hope.
A sacrament is a symbolic action, or ritual, by which people of faith encounter the presence and goodness of God. In a sacrament, ordinary things like water, bread, and wine are used to point us to God and God’s love, reminding us of the sacred in life. At Christ The Liberator, we celebrate two sacraments: baptism, the ritual that formally recognizes we belong to the Christian community, and communion, a symbolic meal initiated by Jesus. These sacraments are of central importance to our faith.
Baptism is a rite that signifies the new life God gives us as we join the faith community. It uses water to signify cleansing and acceptance of new life. The sacrament of baptism is the single rite of initiation into the Christian community, the church.
Christ The Liberator offers baptism to all ages. We believe the gift of God's love doesn't depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood. With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for the child's Christian nurture. During the ceremony, which usually takes place as part of a regular worship service, everyone in the congregation pledges to support the child and their parents as they enter the Christian walk.
Baptism is not a requirement for God's love. We believe people who die without baptism are in no way condemned, lost, or damned.
If you come from a different Christian tradition, we recognize all valid baptism preformed in the name of the trinity. Similarly, if someone has already been baptized in another church at any age, Christ The Liberator recognizes their baptism and welcomes them as Christians.
If you are seeking baptism for yourself or your child, please contact our pastoral staff by calling the parish office or emailing.
Baptism by water in the name of the Holy Trinity is the means by which we are received, at any age, into the covenanted community of the church. It is the ritual that signifies our rebirth in faith and cleansing by the power of God. Baptism signifies the nurturing, sustaining, and transforming power of God’s love and our grateful response to that grace.
The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, Eucharist—these different terms refer to the same sacrament shared by most Christian denominations, a holy meal.
Communion is celebrated at a table that suggests the dining table in our homes. At the communion table, we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the host and all are guests. The meal uses the elements of bread and a taste of wine or juice to remind us of Jesus’ last supper with his followers, and His enduring love for them.
Christ The Liberator practices an open table, inviting all who seek to love Jesus to share in this family meal. We invite you to the table if you are baptized or not, remembering the Jesus even served Judas.
In the communion meal, wine poured out and bread broken, we remember Jesus. We remember not only the promise but also the price that he paid for who he was, for what he did and said, and for the world’s brokenness. We taste the mystery of God’s great love for us, and are renewed in faith and hope.
-The United Church of Canada