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Holy Communion

Worship Pracices

All baptized Christians, who believe Christ is present in the bread and wine, are welcome to receive Holy Communion at St. John's Lutheran Church. Open hands outstretched together, left hand over right hand, is the sign that you are prepared to receive communion.

If you are not baptized or do not wish to receive communion, you are invited to come forward for a blessing. Crossing your arms across your chest is the sign you would like a blessing.

Do I Need to Be A Member to Receive Communion at St. John's?

You do not need to be a member of St. John’s to receive Communion. To be a member at St. John’s means that you have committed yourself to God’s work through St. John's. If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Perry prior to the service.

How Do You Serve Communion?

We serve Communion either of two ways.

On the first and third Sundays of the month:

At the direction of the ushers, you are invited to come forward and kneel at the altar rail, if you are able. While kneeling, you are presented with a wafer, which you place on your tongue. You are then offered the wine, which you drink.

The wine is served in a small glass and you may choose either red wine or non-alcoholic grape juice (the lighter colored liquid).

On the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month:

On those Sundays of the month, Communion is served by Intinction. You are invited to come forward via the center aisle. You are presented with the wafer, which you hold in your hand. You move to the Communion assistant and dip the wafer in either the red wine or the lighter colored grape juice. It is then that you place the wafer on your tongue and swallow it.

On the way to receive communion in either way, you are invited to dip a finger into the water of the baptismal font and make the sign of the cross on your forehead to remember that you are baptized child of God.

What If I am Not Able to Come Forward to Receive Communion?

The pastor and the communion assistant will gladly come to your seat. If you or someone with you would like to receive communion where you are seated, please make you wishes known to an usher.