The early church, following the example of Jesus, used three primary, yet basic, elements of life—water, bread, and wine—as the basic symbols of offering life to God as Jesus had offered his life. Through the centuries the Reformed tradition has understood both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be Sacraments, given to us by God and commended by Jesus Christ. “A Sacrament is a sign of the real presence and power of Christ in the Church, and through the administration of the sacraments God seals believers in redemption, renews their identity as the people of God, and marks them for service.” (Book of Order, PCUSA)
Within the Presbyterian tradition, the sacrament of baptism is celebrated as a part of public worship service. To inquire or schedule a baptism contact the church at 319.364.6148.
The Lord’s Supper is observed at First Presbyterian at all services on the first Sunday of each month; in addition, it is also appropriate to observe Holy Communion on other occasions of special significance in the life of the Christian community when considered befitting by the First Presbyterian Session of Elders. The celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion is open to the entire believing community—all are welcome.