HOLY COMMUNION AT Grace Lutheran
We normally celebrate the Lord’s Supper at each of our worship services. The chief benefit of this meal we receive is in the words of Jesus: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins” Matthew 26:28. In this Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life and salvation are given. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.
Lutherans hold the belief that “in, with, and under the bread and wine is offered the true body and blood of Christ.” Christ is present in the meal by His Word and promise. Failure to discern His Presence in this meal involves one in judgment (I Corinthians 11:28). Therefore out of concern and love for individuals we first provide instruction in the Christian faith including a study of Scripture regarding our Lord’s meal prior to joining at the communion rail.
We also believe that this sacrament is a communion that celebrates our unity of faith, hope, life, and community. Reception of this sacrament by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist, and for which we all must pray.
For these reasons, we ask visitors and guests speak with Pastor Dummer prior to approaching the Lord’s table. We thank your for your respect of our teaching and we pray that your worship with us will bring you strength in your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.