Worship
Holy Communion

[Jesus] said, “Take, eat; this is my body…Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28

Come!  You who are hungry!  Taste and see that the Lord is good!  All Christians are welcomed to God’s table at Lutheran Church of Hope! 

 

Beliefs
 We believe that the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ is present under the bread and wine. We believe that Christ himself commanded Christians to share the salvation that was given for us and shed for us in his body and blood.

First Communion
 In Holy Baptism, parents and/or guardians and sponsors make promises to bring their child to the Lord’s table.  So in conversation with our pastor, children may receive have their first communion at the age their parents feel is best for their child.  Because we believe that the forgiveness of sins comes not from the act of eating and drinking the bread and wine, but rather from believing that they are accompanied by the forgiveness of sins, we believe that children need some preparation before partaking of their first communion. We mark this faith milestone with a class for both children and their parents/guardians where we discover together what communion does and means. 

First Communion usually is celebrated during a Sunday worship liturgy in Lent.. After a brief acknowledgement of the step they are about to take, children and their parents are invited to the communion rail as a group during the Eucharist itself.
 

Those who do not commune in their own tradition are always welcome to come forward for a blessing.
 

Practice
 
Holy Communion is celebrated as often as possible at Lutheran Church of Hope. God’s grace is freely given, and we believe it should be freely taken. You may choose to partake of communion as frequently as is comfortable for you.

In the Sunday morning services, we use individual cups that are full of wine or grape juice in the center of the tray. As you come forward, the pastor or communion assistant will place the bread into your cupped hands, saying these words, “The Body of Christ, given for you.” You may respond with “Amen” or another statement of faith.   Gluten free bread is available at the station where the Pastor is located.   You may eat the bread immediately. Then you will be given a cup of wine or grape juice as they say “The Blood of Christ, shed for you.”  Again you may respond with “Amen” or another statement of faith and drink it immediately.   There will be a basket to deposit your empty cup.  We ask that you then return to your seat via the side aisles.