Previously known as ordinances, sacraments are special ministries given to the church to convey the grace of Jesus Christ to his followers and all those he yearns to touch with his compassion. In these ministries, God sanctifies common elements of creation (water, bread and wine, oil, hands) to bless human life and to renew and form the church to seek the peaceful kingdom of God. Through the sacraments, we discover the presence of God everywhere and realize that all life is sacred.
These encounters point to God’s loving desire to bring all people to peace, wholeness, and right relationships with one another and the Divine, which is the meaning of salvation. The sacraments refresh, renew, and challenge us to continue on Christ’s mission, our mission, for the sake of all creation.