As a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod we practice Closed Communion as an expression of unity in doctrine: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod practices Closed Communion believing that when a person partakes of the Sacrament of the Altar he or she is also confessing his or her unreserved agreement with that church body’s doctrine.
Because of doctrinal differences between our Missouri Synod and other Lutheran Church bodies, and also with other Christian denominations, we cannot expect others to make that kind of commitment, nor do we desire anyone to compromise his or her own convictions and their Church’s teaching. Therefore, our practice of Closed Communion admits only those individuals who are in doctrinal agreement and who hold membership in a sister congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
The Holy Sacrament of the Altar requires a mature participation, which includes self-examination 1 Corinthians 11:28. Scripture also warns against “unworthy” reception (impenitence or unbelief) which would bring God’s judgment upon the individual: 1 Corinthians 11:29; 1 Corinthians 11:27. Thus, out of loving concern for all, a commitment to Holy Scripture, and our Lutheran Confessions, we practice Closed Communion.
We thank you for your cooperation and respect for our practice.
May the Holy Spirit bless all as we “search the Scriptures”
John 5:39 and strive to “continue in His Word.” John 8:31.