...about attending Holy Communion at Immanuel


Immanuel Lutheran Church    Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but His very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another.  

Our Lord invites to His table those who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, so that we may proclaim His death until He comes.

Because those who eat and drink our Lord's body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and the congregations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor or refrain from communing.  

For more information about this meal—it’s meaning and reception—you are encouraged to speak with the Pastor.

For further study, see Matthew 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

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To assist an individual regarding reception of the Sacrament of the Altar at Immanuel, please reflect on the following:

When you examine yourself before receiving the Lord’s Supper as the Bible instructs one to do [see, 1 Corinthians 11:28], review the thorough teaching you received from the Bible—God’s Word.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have I confessed and repented* of my sins? 

"Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,..." Acts 3:19

  • Do I believe that in the Lord’s Supper I am receiving the actual body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, into my mouth, for the forgiveness of my sins?

"The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?"   1 Corinthians 10:16

  • Do I share the confession and unity of this congregation?

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42

"Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread."                                           1 Corinthians 10:17

  • Will I, with the Lord’s help, amend my sinful life?  

"...Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24

Also, see “Christian Questions with their Answers” prepared by Dr. Martin Luther for those who intend to go to the Sacrament.  These helpful 20 questions are found in the Lutheran Service Book, p. 329

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*repent:  to renounce sin, request God’s mercy and return to and live according to His way.