Saturday, August 18, 2018

Holy Communion

At St. John’s Lutheran Church, we offer the Sacrament of Holy Communion to all who are baptized and believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead in order that we receive the forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation.

Visitors who receive the Sacrament in their home congregation are invited and encouraged to join us at the table of our Lord.

Grape juice is available at all services.


DISTRIBUTION

We use two methods of distribution. Once the Communion Assistants have communed, the ushers will invite worshippers to come forward by the center aisle.

Distribution of Continuous Communion: The ushers will invite you to come forward by the center aisle.  You will be handed the bread with the words, "The Body of Christ given for you."  You then step to the Communion Assistant and take the cup.  They will speak the words, "The Blood of Christ shed for you." You may respond with "Amen".  If you prefer grape juice, they are the cups at the center of the tray.  Empty cups may be placed in the basket as you return to your seat by the side aisle.

Distribution by Tables: The ushers will invite you to come forward by the center aisle.  You will be handed the bread with the words, "The Body of Christ given for you."  The Communion Assistant will offer you the tray for you to take the cup.  They will speak the words, "The Blood of Christ shed for you." You may respond with "Amen".  If you prefer grape juice, they are the cups at the center of the tray.  Once you are dismissed with a blessing from Pastor your empty cup may be placed in the basket as you return to your seat by the side aisle.


A BLESSING

If an adult chooses not to partake of the Sacrament of Communion, or if a person has not received Communion instruction, please come forward for a pastoral blessing. Please fold your arms across your chest to indicate that you desire to receive a blessing.

Children who have not yet received their Communion instruction are also invited to come forward for a blessing. 

FIRST COMMUNION

Traditionally children who are in 5th grade are invited to participate in First Communion Instruction. However, if a child is not yet ready, it is not mandatory. On the other hand, if a child younger than 5th grade asks, the pastor and parents may agree to let that child participate in the instruction. At St. John’s children receive their First Communion on Palm Sunday.