Partaking in Holy Communion

 

On the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of the month, and occasionally at other worship services, the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) is celebrated. At Redeemer we practice “closed” communion. This means that as a congregation of Christians we believe Holy Communion is not necessarily a courtesy but a ministry. In love, we desire that everyone who participates in Holy Communion receive its full benefit.

St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, “Anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the Body (and Blood) eats and drinks judgment on himself.”  Therefore, prompted by love and born of heartfelt conviction, on the basis of Scripture alone, we must follow Christ’s command. It would not be loving to allow spiritual harm to come to someone who is not  fully aware of the teachings of the Bible in regard to the “real presence of Christ’s Body and Blood.

So we lovingly and respectfully ask guests and visitors, who do not hold membership in a congregation of the LCMS, to visit with the pastor before or after the worship hour regarding their desire to receive Holy Communion. If you cannot locate the pastor, one of the elders will be able to assist you.

In the tray of individual cups, the pink wine is a non-alcoholic wine.  Also for those who are allergic to wheat products, a gluten-free wafer is available upon request.