As is common in the Lutheran tradition, we believe that Jesus Christ is present “in, with, and under” the bread and wine. This typical saying means that we believe that while the bread and wine remain bread and wine, Christ’s presence is also within the bread and wine. While this is hard to understand and individual congregation members hold a variety of beliefs, there is no litmus test that one must pass to fully participate in this meal. Like the disciples gathered around Jesus’ last supper, Jesus offered himself freely to all.
We understand that God’s table is open to all, and we live this out in our faith. All people desiring and prepared for communion are welcome to receive bread (usually a wafer; both gluten and gluten-free options available) and wine or grape juice; for those from traditions that require a waiting period before receiving communion or for those who would like to abstain from taking bread and wine, we offer a blessing at the altar. If you have any concerns or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Communion is offered to children in the congregation when the child, their parents and the Pastor agree they are ready. Upon completion of preparation, students will know what communion means for them personally, why we practice communion every week, and what God shows us through this practice. Due to current COVID restrictions, we hold a First Communion Service in the afternoon to allow for social distancing with all of the children’s families.