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baptism & Holy Communion

GOD'S GRACE - HIS ACTION

Baptism and Holy Communion are primarily the action of God bestowing His grace by the particular means of water in Baptism, and bread and wine in Holy Communion. Lutherans refer to these Christian rites as "means of grace". We recognize that God is doing something in these two actions of the church. Both are commanded by Christ (Matthew 28:19, Matthew 26:17-28 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

BAPTISM

In the Bible, baptism and faith are closely linked together for salvation. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit" (John 3:5. See also, Mark 16:16). Baptism unites us with the living Christ (Romans 6:3-5). God does something profoundly real and spiritual through baptism, leading us to saving faith. Children may receive baptism as well as adults, since baptism is what God does, not primarily something we do.

If you desire to be baptized, you are invited to have a conversation with one of our pastors. Christian parents who desire that one of their children be baptized, should call the church office to arrange a pre-baptism parent orientation. Call 402-564-8547.

HOLY COMMUNION

Jesus gave His life for us on the cross. He sacrificed His body and blood on the cross as payment for our sins. Jesus initiated Holy Communion as a means by which those who believe in Him may receive the benefit of His suffering and dying for us (1 Corinthians 10:16). Jesus is truly present for us in the bread and wine we receive in Holy Communion. Holy Communion also unifies all believers because of our common need for God's grace (1 Corinthians 10:17). All earthly distinctions fall away when we recognize our own sin, and realize we all have the same need for Christ and God's forgiveness in Christ. After receiving the bread and the wine, trusting in Jesus, we know we are again in right relationship with God and are renewed and strengthened to serve God and others in Jesus' name.

All believers in Christ who are truly sorry for their sins are invited to the Table of Grace to receive Holy Communion at Trinity Lutheran Church.

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