Questions on Lord’s Supper
In my church we have now gone to both the individual cups and the common cup. Should the wine that isn't used from the common cup be put back in the wine bottle for the next service? To my surprise it is. I am having second thoughts about taking the Lord's Supper now. Not wanting to start trouble in the church. Who should I talk to? Thank You.
Wine in individual cups that were not used in the Holy Communion service can certainly be used in a future service. That is not the case with wine that remains from usage of the common cup. The wine that remains in that cup is to be disposed of. Practices for disposing of wine can vary Continued.
Can I take communion if I live with my fiancé? We are getting married in about a month, and I have not been taking communion.
Thank you for your thoughtful approach to this important kind of question. Your spiritual well-being is of utmost importance and your desire to receive the Lord’s Supper in a fitting way is a good evidence that you need clear answers to your concerns. One of the requirements for a proper reception of Communion is that Continued.
There are several reasons. These may be simply stated here, but each point deserves more discussion with attention to specific Bible passages that guide us in applying these principles. So I’ll give you a brief list here and now but strongly encourage you and your husband to sit down with your pastor to discuss the Continued.
Hi there, While I am not a member, I have been attending a WELS church. I have been told why your congregation does \"close\" Communion and respect your stance on it. However, I have chosen not to be a member because I feel that me being a member of the body of Christ trumps any other membership. So, I was wondering what God is going to say on judgement day that other Christians have denied me the right to partake in the Lord\'s Supper because I would not become a member of their church. Does being a member really guarantee your congregation that one is truly partaking in Communion in the manner Christ intended? Isn\'t that between me and the Lord? I ask this lovingly and just can\'t wrap my head around this practice. I would graciously accept any insight. Thank you and God bless.
Close(d) Communion is the historic and biblical practice of the Christian Church. The practice has the purposes of ensuring that, as far as humanly possible, those receiving the Sacrament do so to their benefit and not their harm (1 Corinthians 11:27-30), and that the oneness that is expressed in receiving the Sacrament is genuine and Continued.
I've read that a (major) difference between Catholic and Lutheran theology is the doctrine of transubstantiation. At first glance, the Lutheran and Catholic approach to Holy Communion seem to be quite similar. Could you explain?
The Catholic church believes that only priests ordained by bishops in communion with the Pope or in the apostolic succession of the Eastern church have the power to consecrate the bread and wine so that they become body and blood of Christ and that nothing of the substance of the bread and wine remains, only Continued.
We have a member in our congregation who has abstained from taking alcohol in any form due to health and other issues. It has been my experience with some other WELS congregations that in cases such as this, grape juice has been offered as an acceptable alternative. Is this, in fact, acceptable to the synod and can we follow the same procedure in this case? Thank you in advance for your response.
Since the institution of the Lord’s Supper took place during the celebration of the Passover meal, we know that wine—mixed with water, as was often the case in those days—was what Jesus and his disciples used. In addition, any grapes that were harvested in the previous fall and pressed into juice would most likely have Continued.
I was baptized, and my confirmation was at Salem church in Stillwater, Minnesota (a WELS church ). My confirmation was over 55 years ago. I moved from the area and have not been a member of Salem church for 50 years. I have attended ELCA churches through the years but not a member of any church at this time. My question is, I will be in Stillwater, Minnesota area this summer and would I be welcome to participate in Communion (Lord's Supper) at Salem Church? Thank You.
If you were to attend a Holy Communion worship service in the WELS church you referenced (or any WELS church), chances are you would read something like the following in the bulletin: “Out of sincere love for the truth of God’s Word and precious souls, we practice closed communion in our congregation. This has been Continued.
I am new to the Lutheran Faith. I was at one time Baptist but after spending time in the Lutheran Church and going through BIC I have come to believe that many of the doctrines I was taught (implied teaching I might add) were off. The sacraments were sacred in my church but they were more something I was doing for God not what God was doing for me. Shortly after becoming a member and being in fellowship with the WELS I was moved to a remote area of Alaska. I do not have a church nearby to participate in worship I accomplish this via internet services, devotions on WELS church sites, and this site. One of my concerns is that I do not receive Communion that often. My question is: 1. Does this put me in jeopardy of falling away from God permanently if I were to pass? 2. How do I or can I overcompensate for the loss of God's blessings I get through Communion just in my daily life? I sometimes feel like I do more reading and devotions to try and accomplish this but feel sometimes like I am spinning my wheels. Additionally, I have been tempted a few times to go to other church services or attend Bible studies that embrace my Christian faith but have not done so. I fear that being out of fellowship with those faiths puts me at more risk to fall away from God's true teachings, thus allowing Satan to confuse me or put doubt in me. So if you could add thoughts in your answer to this as well it would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for the answer and thank you for this resource that is available.
I can appreciate your desire to receive the Lord’s Supper. The new self in us says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). We look to the Lord’s Supper as a wonderful gift from our Savior. It is a gift in which he gives Continued.
“Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Corinthians 11:28). Christians need to be able to examine themselves before receiving the Lord’s Supper. That means being able to recognize they are sinners who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, and realize that Continued.
Why in close communion does the pastor seem totally responsible for the communicant? The gospels do not mention about possible punishment and 1 Corinthians 11:17-32 tells us that the communicant needs to bear the responsibility. My Concordia Self Study Bible (NIV) tells me in the explanation of v. 29 dealing with judgment: judgment, not God's eternal judgment which is to come to the unbeliever, but such disciplinary judgment as physical sickness and death (V.30). So my question then is why is close communion understood by most pastors as "eternal punishment?"
Allow me to clarify a couple of assumptions. I do not believe our pastors view the practice of closed communion as an expression of their understanding that they are totally responsible for communicants’ actions or attitudes. That was never my approach as a parish pastor. Communicants are instructed to examine themselves before receiving the sacrament Continued.
I've been a lifelong Lutheran. My faith predates the formation of the ELCA. I am frankly becoming very confused with the ELCA's practices. One such practice is the denial of absolution during Lent. During Lent, as stated, absolution is withheld until Maundy Thursday. Yet, Communion is served. If I am not mistaken, in accordance to the teachings of Luther and the Scriptures, no man has the authority to withhold God's forgiveness being it Pastor, Bishop, Pope, etc. Am I mistaken? Also, doesn't one have to ask forgiveness of their sins and be "sort of" right with God before taking Communion? I'm becoming disillusioned.
I have heard of people giving up many things for Lent but never the absolution. This is a practice with which I was not familiar—as were several of my colleagues in the ministry whom I consulted. I did find the practice online in a worship resource, but I’m with you in that this practice is Continued.
No, we do not. Scripture explains that we eat and drink the body and blood of our Lord along with the bread and wine (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25). We do best to stay with the wording of Scripture. Your question addresses the subject of “Capernaitic” eating—a reference to John 6:43-59, Continued.