Who may receive Holy Communion?
Holly Communion is offered to all baptized Christians of any tradition who wish to receive Our Lord’s body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. Children are usually instructed and receive their first Holy Communion in the fifth grade; however, children who have already received Holy Communion in a tradition other then the Lutheran church are permitted to receive as well. Young children who have not yet been instructed are permitted to come to the altar for a blessing when their parents receive. The Lutheran church does not withhold this sacrament from individuals because of divorce or remarriage. Do Lutherans go to confession? Yes and no. Each worship service begins with a brief order of public confession in which worshippers are asked to examine their consciences and pray for God’s forgiveness. If a person feels the need for private, individual confession, he or she may make an appointment with the pastor for counseling. Such discussions are always kept in the strictest of confidenc