The Lord's Supper and Holy Baptism
Welcome to the Lord's Table!
Participating in The Lord's Supper is one of the key ways we come to experience God's unconditional love. We believe that the Spirit of the risen Jesus Christ is powerfully and mysteriously present through, with and under the bread and wine. Through this meal God has chosen to give life sustaining food to all who are spiritually hungry. It is a personal encounter with God within the context of all God's people which become The Holy Communion.
The Lord's Supper is open to all who are Baptized.
Membership at RLC is not required.
Grape juice is available for those who prefer a non-alcohol option. (All you need to do is indicate that to your server when
that time comes.)
If you do not feel comfortable particpate in the meal, you are invited to sit and enjoy this time for prayer, and/or
come forward for a blessing. (If this is the case, have your arms crossed at your chest as you kneel at the rail.)
The Age RLC respects that the age of one to particpate in the meal may vary - depending upon the family. * Some prefer
to wait until their child can have a certain level of understanding to receive it (commonly around 4th/5th grade). Others
start as young as they can. Regardless, all families can come forward together to receive the bread and wine or a blessing.
Although none of us claim to fully understand the mysterious nature of this gift from God, we do know that participation in
the meal is a powerful experience of belonging as part of the community.
Instruction Ongoing growth in our understanding of the meal is important; from earliest childhood to adults.
Families are encouraged to speak with their children about the meal as early as possible. (Materials are available through
the children?s ministry office to assist parents in doing this.) Formal instruction on Holy Communion is provided for children
in grade school each Spring. The topic is revisited later in Confirmation. As one grows in years, one will continue to grow in
understanding and appreciation for Holy Communion (special classes, sermons, small group Bible Studies, etc.).
Other procedural issues: There is no need to be too anxious. It is doubtful you will offend anyone. The role of the
Christian Church is to love, not judge.
Holy Baptism is the way we respond to God's Grace . It is the beginning of a new adventure with God.
Call the Church office to set up an appointment to discuss Baptism for yourself or your child.
* In adherence with "The Use Of the Means of Grace: A Statement on the Practice of Word and Sacrament" adopted for guidance and practice by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1997. (www.elca.org/dcm/worship/sacpracst.html)