Our Christ has specifically granted his blessing in many ways. Through marriage, children are given and he welcomes them unto Himself. We thank the Father in heaven for daily bread and for all the blessings of body and life. Lutherans specifically emphasize where Christ is found to forgive sins.
Shortly before His Ascension, Jesus institutes Baptism as a means of grace through which He opens heaven to all who believe and are baptized making them His own children.
Our Baptismal font has a prominent place in our sanctuary as Baptism has a prominent place in our lives always reminding us that the Father loves us, that the Son died and rose for us, and that the Holy Spirit is with us through this washing of water and the Word. From the Word of God, we see that baptism is for all people, young and old (Acts 2.) We receive it once and through it the Holy Spirit is with us. In these waters, we daily die and live with Christ. Baptism is offered to all of the members of our congregation and their children. If you haven’t been baptized we would be pleased to have you inquire about it.
Holy Communion. With His death, Jesus reconciles the Father to the world. Hours before he is crucified He institutes the Lord’s Supper wherein His church now participates with her Lord until He returns. With the bread and wine, He now gives His body and blood. He takes our place in suffering. He forgives our sins. He directs the church to celebrate this meal. Through it, He sustains us when we would grow weary. In it, Christians have a taste of the feast that is to come. There is strength here to fight against sin and to live the Christian life another day. The Holy Trinity is not far away but is joined to His Church, His very life pumps through our veins.
This meal is for Christians served where the family comes together in their denominations and local congregations. At Trinity as surely as we highly value that Jesus died for sinners this becomes concrete in the celebration of this meal. With the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod we practice closed communion, and if you do not have a church home would be eager to speak with you about participating with us in this profound and wonderful mystery of the Gospel.
Holy Absolution. On Easter evening Jesus institutes the Office of the Keys in telling His disciples to forgive and to not forgive sins. Anyone who repents they are to preach an open heaven to. Anyone who does not repent has a heaven that is closed off to them. Private Confession and Absolution is available to anyone wanting specific assurance that their sins which trouble them are forgiven. Many of our Divine Services begin with a Corporate Confession and Absolution.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but His very body and blood to eat and to 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, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until He comes.
Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the Sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor or an usher.
For further study, see Matt. 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15–35; 26:26–29; 1 Cor. 11:17–34.