It has been the practice at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church that each Sunday we receive Holy Communion. In this sacrament we receive forgiveness for our sins and are assured of salvation. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we join with all people of God sharing our celebrations and our burdens. As we are fed by Jesus we are strengthened and enabled to be the people God creates us to be.
At Shepherd of the Mountains we invite, we welcome all who are gathered by God to the Lord’s Table. Why invite all people? Because we believe that an invitation to the Lord’s Supper is not based on moral or intellectual worthiness. Indeed, we come to Holy Communion because we are unworthy. We come in all humility. We come because we are forgiven. We come because Jesus offers himself to all people as a gift received in faith.
At Shepherd of the Mountains young children also are fed at the Lord’s Table. Importantly, as there is no evidence in the New Testament that indicates that children were excluded from the Lord’s Supper, we believe that Jesus’ invitation to the Table is not restricted to a particular age. So each Sunday everyone is invited to partake…young and more mature people alike…Lutherans and non-Lutherans alike.
And for those who do not wish to or are not ready to participate? We honor them and welcome them among us. At Holy Communion we offer them a blessing and proclaim that God loves and cherishes them. And that they may not feel excluded, we offer a fish shaped cracker as a symbol that Jesus loves and cares for them.
At Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church all are invited, all are welcome, to the Table of the Lord.
Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve Leiser