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In the Sacrament of the Altar, we receive not only bread and wine, but the Body and Blood of Christ, given for our forgiveness, life, and salvation.  In participating, we are also giving a public witness that we are in full unity with the pulpit and altar in that church.  This means not only a unity in the Body of Christ but also a complete harmony in teaching and practice.  This has been the authentic practice of the Church since apostolic times. 

All members of parishes of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, and her sister bodies  with whom she shares fellowship are invited to join in the Sacrament.  Others may come forward for a blessing.  To indicate this, simply fold your arms across your heart.  While this may sound exclusive or condescending, it is not in that spirit at all.  It is a desire to live in love and integrity.  Pastor would be happy to speak more with you and explain and answer any questions.

Last updated on September 30, 2014 by St. John's Chicago Webmaster