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And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Luke 22:19-20 (KJV)The communion ceremony brings to life a deep, profoundly spiritual truth: that we have been redeemed at great cost through the body and blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Presbyterians describe baptism as 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 members of Christ’s body, the church, washing us clean from sin as we renounce the power of evil and seek the will and way of God.
Presbyterians have recognized baptism as one of two sacraments initiated by Christ in Scripture. All four Gospels report the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River (Matt. 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–22; John 1:29–34). When we are baptized with water in the name of the Trinity, we share in Christ’s own baptism.Perhaps the best description of baptism is that found in the book of Romans:
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:3-4 (KJV)
- How to strengthen relationships
- Moving on after a break-up
- Making better friends
- Enjoying family life
- Taking control of family finances (Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University)
- Christian apologetics: defending the faith
- Managing time more effectively
- Becoming more confident
- What to do when faith waivers
- Making a positive difference in the lives of others
- Facing death and illness
Take the San Tomas Expressway exit and head south. Cross over El Camino Real. Turn left onto Homestead Road. Take the first left into the church parking lot. The church is at 2499 Homestead Road.From 280 northbound:
Take the first Saratoga Avenue exit. Turn right onto Saratoga Avenue. Turn left onto San Tomas Expressway. Turn right onto Homestead Road. Take the first left into the church parking lot. The church is at 2499 Homestead Road.From 280 southbound:
Take the Saratoga Avenue exit. Turn left onto Saratoga Avenue. Turn left onto San Tomas Expressway. Turn right onto Homestead Road. Take the first left into the church parking lot. The church is at 2499 Homestead Road.
- In the sanctuary, men and women bathrooms are in the little hall just outside the left hand door (as you face the altar).
- In the courtyard, along the perimeter of the patio area that lies opposite the church office are men and women bathroom facilities.
- In the children's playground area, there are bathrooms on the playground edge that is closest to the back parking area.
- Live Oak Academy, which provides a Christian, classical, and collaborative-style educational service for home school families. For information, phone (408) 355‑4935.
- Living Waters Church / Iglesia Agua Viva, a Christian church whose services are in Spanish. For information, phone (650) 380‑2779.
- Silicon Valley Healing Rooms, a team of trained Christians who pray for people in groups of two or three on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For information, visit the group's website or phone (650) 930‑6843.
- Naranon, a 12-step fellowship program for family and friends of those addicted to drugs. Meetings are held in room B1 on Wednesdays, from 8pm to 9pm. For information, phone (408) 406‑7081.
- Cub Scout Pack 367, a pack of young scouts (boys in or entering grades 1 thru 5). The pack is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church as part of our service-to-the-community program. Den meetings are held on Thursday evenings here at the church. For information, email email@example.com.