Sacrament of the Altar
We offer God’s holy and precious gift of the body and blood of Christ for the forgivness of sins in the Divine Service at Trinity every Sunday, as well as on other holy days during the church year, and other days according to the needs and desires of people of God.
St. Paul, the apostle of our Lord, instructs the people of God that “in whatever church one partakes of the Holy Supper, one professes that church and its doctrine. There cannot be a more intense and fraternal fellowship than that into which one enters with those in whose company one enjoys the Holy Supper (1 Cor. 11:26 and 10:17). . . . Holy Communion . . . is an act of confession; if one communes in an alien church, one actually joins it, appears as a witness for its doctrine, and pronounces its members one’s brothers and sisters in the faith.” (The Rev. Dr. C.F.W.Walther, first synodical president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)
In Christ’’s church, every pastor is called to be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1-2), admitting no one to the Sacrament who has not first been taught and examined according to the Scriptures (Augsburg Confession, Art. XXIV).
Therefore, if you plan to visit please contact our pastor prior to the service. He will be delighted to speak with you about our confession of the Christian faith in order that you may receive the very body and blood of Christ at His table with us here at Trinity.
If for some reason you are not able to speak with Pastor prior to worshipping with us, you are welcome to receive the sign of the cross in remembrance of your baptismal forgiveness during the distribution of the Sacrament. Barring previous commitments, Pastor will be available to speak with you about our confession of the Christian faith following the Divine Service in order that you may receive the very body and blood of Christ at His table with us here in the future–even before you leave in the case of last minute visitors from sister LC-MS congregations.