The Sacrament of the Altar
In the Lord’s Supper, we receive the true body and blood of Jesus Christ. This is received in, with, and under the elements of bread and wine. Given and shed for you, for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of your union with Christ and with one another. Our Lord invites to His Table those who trust His words, seek forgiveness, and forgive those who sin against them.
The Lord’s Supper is also a confession of the faith confessed at this altar and proclaimed at the pulpit. Because we care that no one is harmed spiritually (see 1 Cor. 11:17-34), we practice closed communion. So, any who are not yet baptized, or not instructed in the faith, or who belong to a church holding to a confession differing from that of this parish or Lutheran Church Canada and yet wish to receive the Sacrament are asked first to speak with the Pastor. Those wishing to receive a blessing at the altar may indicate so by crossing the arms over the chest.
For more information, check out the Closed Communion is Love for Souls page.