These terms are interchangable. The word Eucharist means, “thanksgiving.” We celebrate the Lord’s Supper as an act of joyous gratitude.
We believe in the REAL PRESENCE of Christ in the bread and wine. What we mean by this is that Jesus Christ is truly spiritually present with us as we partake of the bread and wine.
We do not believe that the bread and wine change in any way. They continue to be bread and wine, however we do believe that Christ is present to us in the Communion, by faith, just as he is present in his Church, spiritually, by faith. And because he is actually present we regard this sacrament as a means by which we receive the tangible goodness of God. Christ’s Real Presence is a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. This is what the Christian Church is about – living in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. When we gather together we joyously expect Christ to be present in the Eucharist. In fact, we believe the Holy Spirit is at work in every part of our services.