Holy Communion

in church or at home

First Lutheran includes Holy Communion in each of our regularly scheduled weekend worship services. We invite all who believe in Christ Jesus and repent of their sins to join us at the table; fellow Christians need not be members or Lutheran to join us.  For those who join our worship over the internet, we invite you to "prepare the meal" and partake with us.

We invite you to prepare for Holy Communion
If you are worshiping with us from home, it will be good to have your bread and wine ready in time for the start of worship. The kind of bread is not so important, although the “grains of wheat gathered into one” do have significance. Pita bread is great. It can even be a simple bun if that is what you have. The wine can be red or white wine. Grape juice is also of the vine. If wine or grape juice is not available, then water is the preferred alternative.


The Significance of Bread and Wine
Jesus used bread and wine for the meal. They were a part of the Passover meal and had rich meaning. Jesus transforms bread and wine into signs of the New Covenant in this meal. His first self-revealing sign was to change water into wine. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” And Jesus said, “I am the vine.”

Christ is present in the meal
The familiar Words of Institution that we hear in person or over the internet proclaim that the bread and wine we eat and drink are the Lord’s Supper. Martin Luther writes in the Small Catechism that Communion “is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and drink.” Although at a distance, we share in the meal together and are joined with the whole Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, giving thanks to our God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

Fasting from Communion
It is perfectly acceptable to choose not to participate in communion remotely, but to wait until we you are in the sanctuary. Such a fasting can even strengthen the heart’s desire for the grace of God.

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