Holy Communion

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The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, is celebrated at this altar in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord Jesus gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but His very body and blood to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another.  Our Lord invites to His table those who trust His words, repent of all sin, set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until He comes.

As a member congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS), Cross Lutheran Church & School practices “Close Communion”.  We believe that the Bible teaches that to receive the Lord’s body and blood without proper understanding is spiritually harmful (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).  In addition, the Bible teaches that receiving the Lord’s Supper expresses a unity in belief with all who commune at this altar; it underscores and celebrates a precious oneness that we hold dear (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:26).  We are grateful for the oneness that transcends denominational lines, yet we practice Close Communion because oneness in doctrine is also proclaimed in this celebration.  

Confirmed members of LC-MS congregations and church bodies with whom the LC-MS shares altar fellowship who are communing here for the first time are asked to let the Pastor know as you leave today.  If you have not yet been instructed, are in doubt, or hold a confession differing from that of the LC-MS, we respectfully ask you to refrain from communing until you have had opportunity to speak with the Pastor.  You are invited forward to receive a blessing—please keep your hands folded in front of you.  Our Pastor would be happy to talk to you about Communion or any questions you have.  You are welcome to speak with him after the Service.

To learn more about our doctrinal position on The Lord’s Supper, click for a PDF file

If you desire to receive a gluten-free wafer during the distribution of Holy Communion, please indicate that to Pastor Fraker.  Thank you.


The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated at Cross Lutheran Church as follows:
Presently, Holy Communion services are held every other Sunday, beginning with July 19.

The Sacrament is also celebrated at Special Worship Services such as Thanksgiving, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, and Christmas. Information on the times of these services will be given will be found on the News OR Calendar
links on the above menu.

For more information, please call the Church Office at 830-625-3666.

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