I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!"
At the altar, our Lord Jesus Christ delivers His true body and blood into our mouths. His gift of body and blood, given in, with, and under the bread and wine, bestows tremendous benefits. His body and blood forgives our sins, strengthens our faith, binds us to the Lord, and unites us with each other. In this is life and salvation.
All members in good standing of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (to include those in Altar and Pulpit fellowship with the LCMS) have publicly confessed this sacred gift and its blessing, and so are encouraged to commune. Other guests wishing to join our confession and receive this Holy Sacrament are asked to meet with the pastor in the weeks before communing for the first time.
When you have examined yourself according to Christ's bidding (1 Corinthians 11:28), come to His Supper rejoicing, just as Jesus asks, knowing that our Lord meets you at His altar with joy.
On the basis of God's Holy Word, our Lutheran church continues to practice the ancient, Biblical and confessional practice of close communion as an opportunity to give joyful witness to our unity in the true faith. We practice close communion with the belief that this is what the Lord would have us do as we faithfully administer His body and blood in His holy Sacrament.
Close communion is not a practice unique to The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is also practiced by the majority of Christians in the world who are members of Confessional Lutheran Synods, as well as the Roman Catholic and Orthodox communions.
Hopefully,this brief explanation will help you, or someone else, understand that our love for our Lord and His Sacrament, and our love for the individual, is the reason why we practice close communion. Please do not allow our practice to keep you from joining us for Divine Service, as you will be blessed by your hearing of the Word of God. We welcome you to join us.
For more detailed information:
What About: The Sacrament of the Altar
What About: Fellowship in the Lord's Supper
Our basic practice of Worship at Grace is to follow the form of worship that the church has used for 2000 years. In Divine Service, we do not gather to pay tribute to a distant and unseen god. In Divine Service we find the One True Lord right where He has promised to be, in His Word and in His Sacraments.
Here, the people of God receive the Gifts God has reserved for them. Theses Gifts come through the Word of God and His Sacraments; Baptism and Holy Communion. What happens in the Divine Service is unlike anything that happens in the world. It is truly an experience that is out of this world.
Divine Service at Grace is liturgical. We strictly use settings and hymns approved and provided by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod as found in the Lutheran Service Book.
Grace Lutheran Church