COMMUNION, What Does the Word of God Say?

     "Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.'  Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'" (Matthew 26:26-28)

     "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to the prayer." (Acts 2:42)

     "A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself." (1 Corinthians 11:28-29)

     In keeping with the doctrine and practice of our church body, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LC-MS), we practice a Close Communion.  That is, we normally offer Holy Communion only to those with whom we are close in belief.  Therefore, we invite only those who are members of the LC-MS to join us at the Lord's Table.  Since it is our strong belief (according to God's Holy Word) that we are partaking more than mere bread and wine, but also Christ's true body and blood, we ask that out of respect for our beliefs that you would refrain from communing at this altar.

     In extraordinary circumstances and allowing for some pastoral discretion, if you likewise hold to the belief that our Lord is truly present in this meal, and you desire to receive His gift of the forgiveness of your sins, please announce your intentions to communion and speak first with our pastor BEFORE the service.

     All those who hold a confession differing from that of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and are unable to receive the Sacrament at this time are invited to meditate on God's Word during the distribution and pray for the day when all divisions will have ceased.

     Thank you for respecting our beliefs.

     Rev. Richard Boshoven