“So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day, for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.” – John 6:53-57
Lutherans believe and confess that Holy Communion is one of two sacraments (sacred rites) of the Church. Holy Communion is known by many names including: The Eucharist, The Sacrament of the Altar, and The Lord’s Supper. At Holy Communion God forgives our sins, gives us strength for discipleship, reminds us of his deep love for us, and joins us together as a community of believers. Lutherans believe that Communion is a holy mystery where we truly receive the body and blood of Jesus himself in the bread and wine. At Hope Communion is celebrated every Sunday worship service and most special services of the year.
Believing in the real presence of Christ in the bread and wine, and recognizing Communion as Christ’s gift to his disciples, we invite all baptized persons to receive Communion when worshiping with us. If you are not yet baptized, or are uncomfortable receiving the elements, you are invited to participate by coming forward to receive a blessing.