Our Communion Practice

Our Communion Practice:

At Immanuel Lutheran Church we celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. Because of this, it is necessary that our guests understand our Communion practice.

The Bible and Lutherans teach that Holy Communion is a holy act instituted by Christ. Together with bread and wine we receive Jesus’ true body and blood. In this special meal Jesus gives the forgiveness of sins, strengthens our faith, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe. The Bible teaches us that only people who repent of their sins and receive proper instruction in the Christian faith should be admitted to this sacrament (Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 Cor. 11:27-28; 1 Cor. 10:17).
     Because this sacred meal is to be celebrated among believers who are completely united in doctrine and practice it is called "Close Communion." This biblical practice is by no means a judgment on anyone's faith. We simply do not want to make any assumptions about something so precious. Therefore, we ask those who desire communion fellowship with us to speak with the pastor. We are eager to help you take this step! 
     As a courtesy, we ask guests from other WELS or ELS congregations to announce for communion with the pastor or an elder.  We look forward to visiting with you!

Building Disciples for Christ! ~ Matthew 28:19-20