The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated in our congregation as a very special gift from our Lord Jesus Christ. When we receive the sacrament, we are also giving public testimony of our faith. We believe that when we receive the body and blood of Christ, under the bread and wine, God forgives our sins. Our Lord invites us all to His table who trust His words, repent of sin, forgive and love others as God forgives and loves us.
As Lutherans, we believe that it is not only bread and wine but Christ’s very body and blood that we eat and drink. We take the Scriptures at face value and believe that the bread is the body of Christ and the wine is the blood of Christ because Jesus said, “This is my body”, and “This is my blood.”
What is the benefit of such eating and drinking?
That is shown us in these words: Given, and shed for you, for the remission of sins; namely, that in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words for where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.
How can bodily eating and drinking do such great things?
It is not the eating and drinking , indeed, that does them but the words which stand here, namely: Given, and shed for you, for the remission of sins. Which words are, beside the bodily eating and drinking, as the chief thing in the Sacrament, and he that believes these words has what they say and express, namely, the forgiveness of sins.
Luther’s Small Catechism