The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Holy Communion is celebrated in every Sunday Service. The Pastor is also willing to serve the Sacrament privately to those penitent members who were unable to celebrate God's Service due to illness, work or any other complication which prohibits attendance at the Sunday Service. This can take place either in their homes or at the church. They are encouraged to contact the pastor and set up a time for this.
NOTE: The following is taken from Luther's Small Catechism:
What is the Sacrament of Holy Communion?
It is the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted for us Christians to eat and to drink.
Where is this written?
The Holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the Apostle Paul tell us: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, and said, "Take and eat; this is My Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
In the same manner also He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you. This Cup is the new testament in My Blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
What blessing do we receive through this eating and drinking?
That is shown us by these words: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." Through these words we receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation through this Sacrament. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.
How can eating and drinking do such great things?
It is certainly not the eating and drinking that does such things, but the words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." These words are the main thing in this Sacrament, along with the eating and drinking. And whoever believes these words has what they plainly say, the forgiveness of sins.
Who, then, is truly worthy and well prepared to receive this Sacrament?
Fasting and other outward preparations are fine outward customs, but he is truly worthy and well prepared who believes these words, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." But whoever does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words "for you" required nothing but hearts that believe.
Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for the repentant sinners to eat and to drink. Those who partake of this Sacrament show publicly that they agree with the teachings believed, taught and confessed by the Pastor and the congregation at which the Sacrament is distributed. St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church holds unreservedly to the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Confessions contained in the 1580 Book of Concord. She understands this doctrine to be the correct interpretation of the Scriptures and a true exposition of the holy Christian and Apostolic Faith. Members in good standing of churches that publicly believe, teach and confess the Evangelical Lutheran Faith are invited to commune at St. John's. If you have not publicly confessed the Evangelical Lutheran Faith and have yet to speak with the Pastor of St. John's to inform him of this, we ask that you please refrain from receiving the Lord's Supper at St. John's until you have been instructed in and publicly assent to the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.