We believe that a sacrament is something instituted by Christ Himself, that has a visible, tangible element, and gives those who receive them the forgiveness of sins. With this view of the sacraments, we have only two:
BAPTISM is the application of water in the name of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and in response to the command and promises of Jesus. In Baptism, we believe God is acting to embrace and adopt us as members of His family. We baptize all people, as all are in need of this gracious gift of God.
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COMMUNION, The Lord's Supper, is a sacred meal shared with baptized Christians as a way of connecting with God and with one another. In The Lord's Supper, we believe God is acting in and through Jesus Christ to extend forgiveness for sins and to empower His people to live fully for him.
Scripture calls us to examine our lives as we prepare to receive the Lord's Supper. In doing this we are to ask ourselves the questions:
- Am I a sinner in need of forgiveness?
- Does that forgiveness come from Christ and what he did for me on the cross?
- Do I acknowledge that in this meal I receive Christ's body and blood with the bread and the wine, even if I do not fully understand how this works?
- Do I desire to live a new life and to walk as God has called me to live?
Should I Participate in Holy Communion?
Communion is a special meal for all confessing and believing Christians. As Lutheran Christians we believe Christ’s body and blood are truly present, and in this meal we receive the forgiveness of our sins and power for Christian living. If you are in true repentance and have faith in these words, “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” we urge you to participate. Non-alcoholic wine is provided as an option for communion and can easily be identified by it’s darker color. Traditional communion wine is lighter in color and does contain alcohol.
What is the Procedure for Holy Communion and Blessings?
Please come forward when asked to do so by an usher. Open your hands to let the servers know you are ready to receive Communion. If you are not ready to receive Communion, but desire a blessing, simply leave your hands at your sides, or cross them on your chest, to indicate your desire for a blessing. This is also appropriate for children who have not received their first Communion instruction.