As a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod we practice Close 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 Close Communion believing that when a person partakes of the Sacrament at the Altar he is also confessing his unreserved agreement with that church body’s doctrine.
Because of doctrinal difference between our Missouri Synod and other Lutheran 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 own convictions and his Church’s teaching. Therefore our practice of Close Communion admits only those in doctrinal agreement and hold membership in the Missouri Synod.
The Holy Sacrament 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 such: 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 Close 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.