We believe, teach, and confess that the Sacrament of the Altar (a.k.a. the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, the Eucharist) is a means of grace through which the Triune God forgives sinners and strengthens faith. It is the true body and blood of Jesus Christ in, with, and under the consecrated bread and wine.
Following the historic practice of the one holy Christian and apostolic Church, St. John Lutheran Church — together with the congregations of the LCMS — practices “closed communion.” This means our pastor normally communes only those who:
We ask visitors to speak with our pastor before the Divine Service about receiving the Sacrament at our altar. If you are not yet a member of an LCMS congregation (or one of its partner churches), we ask you to wait to receive this meal here until our pastor has had an opportunity to teach you about this gift and what we believe as confessional Lutherans. Our pastor eagerly desires to teach you more about the Lord’s Supper so that we can welcome you to the Lord’s Table here in our midst.
Below are a few Scripture passages that teach about the Lord’s Supper:
For further reading: