A place at the table for you
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” I Corinthians: 23-26
In obedience to Jesus’ command, the worshipping community at Bethlehem Lutheran Church regularly shares the Lord’s Supper. We believe in accordance with the Lutheran doctrine that Christ’s body and blood is truly present “in, with and under” the bread and wine. Christ is our host and all are welcome to dine at His table.
The Eucharist is offered at BLC on the first and third Sundays of each month and on festival Sundays. Communion is offered in two formats, rail and station. When invited to the rail, the communicant kneels as they are able with others at ‘the table’ for the distribution. For station communion, the communicant approaches the person distributing the elements (first the bread, then the wine) before returning to his/her seat. We use either bread or wafers and the wine is alcoholic. We understand that some are unable to partake of one or both elements because of allergy or addiction. Be assured that Christ is fully present in either the bread or the wine alone. Also, gluten-free wafers are available to ensure that all are able to partake in at least one element; simply indicate to the Pastor as you come forward to receive that you need a gluten-free wafer.
First Communion instruction is offered to children through the 3rd – 5th grade Sunday School class. People of other ages may discuss private instruction with the Pastor. Those who have not yet received catechetical instruction may be brought by their parents to the distribution to be blessed by the Pastor.
Weddings and funerals at BLC sometimes include the celebration of the Eucharist. Whenever Eucharist is offered, all are welcome to partake.
Eucharistic ministers extend the table of Holy Communion beyond our worship space to homes, nursing homes and hospitals or wherever those who are ill or otherwise unable to share in worship with the gathered community can be found. They leave directly from Sunday morning worship with the consecrated elements. Those who would like to receive communion in this way are welcome to contact the church office.