The Sacrament of the Altar
The Lord's Supper or Holy Communion was instituted by our Lord, Jesus Christ on the night when He was betrayed.
On that night, He "took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: 'take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me.' In the same way also he took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: 'Drink of it all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it in remembrance of Me.'" (Lutheran Service Book, 326).
These words of Jesus recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and St. Paul, tell us what is found in the Lord's Supper: Jesus Christ's true body and blood under bread and wine for us to eat and drink. How shocking and truly amazing that true God would hide Himself under such simple means, yet He does. He does because He desires that we know concretely that we are forgiven of our sins. He does because He desires that our faith is strenthened for the journey ahead, and so it is.
We practice the Church's ancient practice of Closed Communion. This means we only comune those who are under the spiritual care of this congregation, or a congregation we are in fellowship with. We do this out of desire not to harm someone who unknowingly might commune unworthily (1 Corinthians 11:27-30). Please speak with our pastor before service if you are visiting and desire to commune on CHrist's body and blood.