The Lord has given His Supper to the Church.
Holy Communion was given by Jesus Christ to the Church. It is a precious Sacrament. Here Christ offers Himself, with His forgiveness, strength and peace.
The Church is the teacher and administrator of the Sacrament.
Our congregation provides the instruction of Christ and the Apostles in its classes. Those unfamiliar with essential Bible teaching (as beautifully summarized in Luther’s Small Catechism) ought to receive such instruction before communing. If you are a baptized believer in Jesus Christ, believe the Bible’s teaching on Holy Communion, and come with repentant heart, you will want to commune.
The Lord offers us His Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sins.
St. Paul writes in I Corinthians, chapter 11:
“The Lord Jesus… took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is My Body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same way He took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My Blood. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’”
With bread and wine Christ gives us His true Body and Blood—not merely a symbol. We affirm His real presence in Communion. In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther summarized the Bible’s teaching on Holy Communion by stating, “It is the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, for us Christians to eat and to drink, instituted by Christ Himself.”
St. Paul also gives us warning that we can harm ourselves by wrongly taking the Sacrament. He writes,
“[Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the Body and Blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself… for anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment upon himself.”
Therefore we need to examine ourselves before receiving Communion. Those who are without faith in Christ, or who reject the presence of His true Body and Blood in the Sacrament, invite God’s judgment on themselves. However, those with living faith in Christ, no matter how weak, receive the Lord’s Body and Blood with His forgiveness and strength, to their great blessing.
The fellowship of faith is expressed at the Lord’s Table.
When you come forward to commune, know that you are
receiving God’s choice blessings of forgiveness, life and salvation.
making a public confession of faith in communion with this Lutheran congregation.
receiving strength to follow Christ, to serve Him in His Church and world.
We rejoice to include all whom Christ calls to His Table, who are ready to receive Him at this church’s gathering.
If you have questions or doubts concerning the above, please discuss them with the pastor before communing. Normal age for communing in our congregation is after confirmation. If you are not a communicant member of The First Lutheran Church of Boston, we invite you to inquire