Holy Trinity practices open communion. This means we welcome every person to the table to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, regardless of age or faith journey. You don’t have to be Lutheran, or even Christian, to receive communion at Holy Trinity.
In our church, we commune by kneeling on a bench around the altar. An usher will indicate when it is your row’s turn to receive communion. Make your way down the center aisle and, when a space opens at the kneeling bench, approach and kneel down. You may also remain standing if kneeling is not comfortable for you.
A pastor or communion server will offer you a small wafer or piece of bread, which you can take in your hand. They will say: “Body of Christ, given for you.” You may eat the bread or wafer. A gluten free option is available—just ask the server.
Once you’ve eaten the bread or wafer, another pastor or server will offer you wine. They will say: “Blood of Christ, shed for you.” You may drink the wine. Non-alcoholic grape juice is available in the center of the tray.
If you do not wish to receive communion, you may cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing instead.
Some people remain for a moment of silent prayer or reflection before standing up; this is up to you.
When you are finished, stand and leave down the nearest side aisle, placing your communion cup in the tray as you pass.