Recently, I reworked the text we put in our church bulletin each Sunday inviting people to the Lord’s Table. As I have said in our discussions here before, I think that “open” communion is the approach that is most compatible with the faith of Jesus. That is not to deny that the Lord’s Table has a special place in the life of the baptized, merely to say that, just as Jesus fed the multitudes, and even Judas in the upper room, so our guests at church should not be denied a place at the Table, where they can meet Jesus and be encouraged to have faith.
This is the emphasis you will see in the following statement, and I would love to hear your feedback and discussion about it.
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Invitation to Communion
At the table of our Lord Jesus Christ, God nourishes faith, forgives sin, and calls us to be witnesses to the Good News. Here we receive Christ’s body and blood and God’s gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. We receive these blessings through faith for the strengthening of faith.
Participation in the sacramental meal is by invitation, not demand, however we urge our church members and guests to make the sacrament a frequent rather than an occasional part of their lives.
Communion is primarily a meal for those who are baptized, but all are welcome because it is the Lord’s Table and Jesus invites everyone to come to him. If you have not been baptized, we invite and encourage you to come to Christ in baptism, to learn the faith of the Church, and thereafter to faithfully receive Holy Communion as a member of the church family.