THE LORD’S SUPPER
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper at our monthly Festival Services. After the service is broadcast, the link to join Communion on Zoom is shared in the chat. Here’s what you’ll need to participate:
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
A plain piece of bread (sliced sandwich bread, Matzoh crackers, baguette, unsalted saltines)
Gluten-free breads, salted wheat crackers (saltines or another non-flavored snack cracker)
Flavored breads or snack crackers (like goldfish), bread with anything baked in it (raisins, cranberries, etc), anything not made from wheat or a wheat substitute (like potato chips)
1 ounce/person of wine (red, white, green, or rosé) or grape juice (red or white)
Sparkling wine or grape juice
Any other beverage that is not derived from the fruit of the vine (grapes) e.g. other alcoholic beverages, water, other juices
The Lord’s Supper (Communion, the Eucharist) is intended to grant assurance of forgiveness. If Communion in one kind (eating only the bread or the wine) is sufficient for your conscience, then it's ok.
In order to participate in Communion with Mile Square Church, two conditions must be met:
You both believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior
And you have been baptized in the Christian Church in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Communion, the Eucharist, or the Lord’s Supper is a time of joyful reception of God’s grace. The presence of Christ comes to us in with and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins as he says in his own will and testament (Matthew 26:26-29).
The Scripture (1 Corinthians 11) admonishes us to receive the sacrament worthily. Luther teaches:
”Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training. But that person is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.”
But anyone who does not believe these words or doubts them is unworthy and unprepared, for the words “for you” require all hearts to believe.
If you would like to receive the Sacrament but have not yet been baptized, please register for The Story - our baptism and membership course. If the next class is not for a while and you still desire to receive the Supper, please speak with Pastor Matt by texting or calling 201-754-5271.
For more information on our teachings concerning the Lord’s Supper you can check out the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s website.