Holy Communion

Returning to Holy Communion in Person

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. 

Beginning April 24, the week after Easter, we will return to the practice of gathering for Holy Communion in person only. That means we will no longer invite people to receive holy communion at home across the internet. We know that there are some who will continue to worship from home because of health concerns, or difficulties with mobility. We will then offer to bring Communion to them in person.

Two years ago, we made emergency provisions for communion across the internet. As pastors, we felt it was more important to offer the grace of God in these extraordinary times, than it was to maintain the historic practice of the body of Christ, the community of believers, gathering in person for communion. We know that other congregations simply stopped the practice of communion until the church could meet again in person. We understand that the emergency provisions we offered at First Lutheran were simply that, an accommodation to extraordinary circumstances. Now those circumstances have become more manageable, so that it is possible to return to the long practice of gathering in person for communion, and bringing communion to individuals at home, who cannot gather in worship with others.

Why are we taking this step? Just as the physical elements are joined to the promises of God, so the experience of communion is embodied in the community that gathers for the meal together. It is above all the experience of a meal together, in person, that was foundational at the Last Supper and continued to be so in the life of the church. It isn’t simply that I receive the elements as an individual, but that I do so with others around the table, in community. We eat together.

Communion In-Home Visits Available

We continue to be respectful and considerate of those who continue to be vulnerable to virus, or who experience challenges with mobility.  For that reason, we will make every effort to bring communion to you in the home. 

Contact us here to bring communion to your home.

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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.”  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.