Communion Policy at Our Savior Lutheran Church

In the Bible, the book of Matthew says: 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)

 

What: Communion is a celebration of the Last Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples before His crucifixion. The bread and wine they shared remain food to strengthen believers until He comes again. Just as Jesus said, “This is my body… This is my blood” we believe that Christ is really present in this meal.  

 

Why:  Communion is a means of grace.  That is, Jesus offers what we need most—forgiveness.  He does so by giving us His own body and blood, “hidden beneath” the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins. Communion doesn’t focus solely on the vertical relationship—“Jesus and me.”  It also highlights horizontal relationships.  In particular, when we commune together, we do so as an expression of our common unity of faith and shared love as sisters and brothers in Christ. 

 

Who:  This is the food of God for the people of God. If you are a baptized Christian, acknowledge your sin, continually seek to live a life of repentance - aided and empowered by the Holy Spirit - and belive that Jesus is truly present in the Lord’s Supper, you are invited to receive the gifts that Christ offers on the altar at Our Savior.   Children under 12 years of age should not receive communion until they have taken Confirmation class.

 

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