A question we get from new comers sometimes is, “Can we participate in the Lord’s Supper during worship?”

First off, if you are new to FLC and would like to participate in the Lord’s Supper, please know that you can speak with one of our pastors by calling 250-764-3111 or emailing Keith Reisdorf (pastor) kresidorf@firstlutheran.ca or Lee Loveridge (pastor) lloveridge@firstlutheran.ca.  We’d be happy to answer your questions and help you get clarification on your participation in the Lord’s Supper and our local customs/practices.  

We kindly ask that all new folks come out to learn more about the significance and meaning of your participation in the Lord’s Supper during one of our Core Class sessions.

In participating in the Lord’s Supper, we are confessing that

  • we need forgiveness from God
  • Jesus Christ is our  Saviour and Lord
  • with the bread and the wine we receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus
  • we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life of thankfulness, service and obedience

When Jesus says, his body and blood have been shed “for you”, His words require that all hearts believe!  That’s our hope for all who participate in the Lord’s Supper. We ask all participants to examine themselves each time before receiving the Lord’s Supper.

The answer to the question, “Can we participate…” really depends on faith.

We recognize we are at all different steps in the journey of following Jesus Christ.  Some who worship with us are still coming to a realization of whether they believe in Jesus or not.  Some who are with us may even say, “You know what.  I don’t get it yet.  In fact, I don’t believe yet.”  And that’s okay.  There’s room for you here to ask your questions and explore the Christian faith and what it means for your life.

The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) is something that Jesus Christ himself handed down to his followers.  Again, like Baptism, it’s an ancient tradition yet with meaningful relevance for our lives today!

1 Corinthians 11 says 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 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.” 25 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.”

We participate in the Lord’s Supper on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  It is of deep significance and has a profound connection to build our faith and assurance of sins forgiven as we receive the promise through this “supper”.