Concerning the Lord’s Supper
Faith Lutheran Church celebrates the Lord’s Supper on the first and third Sunday of each month, as Holy Communion has special importance. This sacramental eating and drinking is commanded by Christ with the words, “This do,” and comes with a special promise.
As Lutherans, we believe that the body and blood of Christ are present in, with, and under the bread and wine when we receive the Sacrament. We believe it is Christ coming to us and offering His body and His blood in an outward sign of His love for us and as an outward assurance of the forgiveness won for us by His death on the cross. His presence in the meal unites us as His people and strengthens us to carry out His work. (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-25).
Who should come forward to eat and drink the body and the blood of Christ in Holy Communion?
Baptized Christians who (a) recognize and repent of their sins; (b) trust the grace, mercy, and peace of Christ and His Cross; (c) seek the forgiveness and new life that Christ offers and gives in this Sacrament of His true body and true blood; (d) have faith Christ’s words, “Given and shed for you for the remission of sins.”
It is as much our concern that no discerning Christian be denied the blessing of the Sacrament as it is our desire that no unbelieving person should take it to his or her harm. If you do not understand Lutheran beliefs or have doubts about the teachings of the Bible, please speak with Pastor Viken before communing. (I Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:27-32)
It is always polite for visitors to announce their intentions to partake in Communion to the pastor before the beginning of the service.
In preparation for the Holy Communion, communicants are encouraged to review Christian Questions with Their Answers, prepared by Dr. Martin Luther for those who intend to go to the Sacrament. These may be found in The Sacrament of the Altar of Luther’s Catechism, or on pages 329-330 of the Lutheran Service Book (Hymnal).
Helpful Instructions for Lutheran Communion
Holy Father, as we come to the Table of Your Son, prepare us to receive His body and blood. Grant to us true repentance, a sincere desire to amend our sinful ways and a confident trust in You. By this meal, forgive our sins and renew our lives. In the Holy name of Jesus. Amen.