What Lutherans Believe about Communion

Holy Communion is the sacramental meal instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, as recorded by the gospel writers Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and attested to by the apostle Paul. In this meal, we receive the body and blood of Christ in, with, and under the bread and wine we eat. Through this saving meal, God sustains us in faith and gives us forgiveness of sins and a foretaste of the eternal life promised to us in baptism.


At Atonement, we celebrate communion at all regular weekend services and most holy days. For those who require them, we offer gluten free wafers and grape juice. Those worshiping with us who do not wish to receive the elements are invited to come forward for a blessing. 

It is our practice to celebrate “open” communion, which follows Martin Luther’s teaching in the Small Catechism that “a person who has faith in these words, ‘given and shed for you’ and ‘shed for you for the forgiveness of sin,’ is really worthy and well prepared” to receive the body and blood of Christ, including members of other Christian denominations and children (Martin Luther, “The Sacrament of the Altar,” Small Catechism, trans. Timothy J. Wengert, Augsburg Fortress, 2016). 

Communion Ministers

If you would like to assist with communion within and outside of worship, there are opportunities for both bread baking and serving as a communion assistant in worship. Contact Eric Carlson, worship committee chair, by phone, 320-200-8484.

Friendly Visitors

Atonement’s Friendly Visitors extend the pastoral care of our church by bringing communion from worship and offering social and spiritual care to homebound people and others at times of special need. If you would like to be served by one of our Friendly Visitors, or are interested in joining this ministry of our church, email Pastor John Gabrielson, Pastor Tim Lindhorst or phone them at the church office, 320-252-6203.