Our Communion Practice

Our Practice of Closed Communion

communionThe historic and loving practice of closed communion means that confirmed members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are welcome to commune at this altar. We desire those who commune here to be under the faithful pastoral care in our confession of faith.
(Heb. 13:7, 17; 1 Tim. 4:16)

Please know that our communion practice does not mean that we are judging any individual Christian’s faith or salvation. But sadly not all Christian churches hold the same confession of faith. As a consequence of these divisions we see in Christianity, we cannot extend a general invitation to receive the Lord’s Supper.

Reception of Holy Communion by Christians that are not fully united with us in confession would imply a oneness which does not exist and for which we all pray. We hope you understand that our practice of closed communion is out of our love and concern for you. We would deeply regret if you participated in something in which you did not fully agree unto the injury of your soul. Through communing you are indicating that you agree with all that we believe, teach and confess as Lutheran Christians. (1 Cor. 11:18-19,29)

Closed communion is not about keeping people away from Jesus’ meal, but rather assisting people in coming to God’s Altar with a full and rich understanding of what Christ gives in this meal, (1 Cor. 11:27-29)

All visitors are kindly requested to first speak with the pastor before receiving the Lords Supper. You can call the office to talk to him and / or set up a time to visit with the pastor. The pastor is always happy to speak with you about communing here in the future.

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