Holy Communion is a participation in the very Body and Blood of the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 10:16), in which the forgiveness, life, and salvation of Christ are imparted to us. However, this great blessing can likewise be a judgment against one who does not acknowledge and hold in faith this truth and so does not properly discern the very Body and Blood of Christ present in this Sacrament (1 Cor 11:27-29). For this reason, proper instruction and preparation are necessary for a worthy and blessed reception.
Therefore, in proper care of souls, it is the Pastor’s duty as a steward of God’s mysteries (1 Cor 4:1-2) to prepare and know the faith, life, and confession of those he communes, so as to faithfully administer the Sacrament and assure a blessed reception. At Ascension, all Communicant Members are those who have received such instruction and have been Confirmed in the Christian faith as confessed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
If you are a Communicant Member of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation, or of a Lutheran Church body in declared fellowship with the LCMS, and would like to commune at Ascension, please contact the Pastor before your visit, or fill out a Guest Communion Card.