HEAR the Word of God

HEAR the Word of God and Share in the Lord's Supper.

For as often as we eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:26 NRSV)

God gives the word and the sacraments to the church and by the power of the Spirit thereby creates and sustains the church among us. (The Use of the Means of Grace: A Statement on the Practice of Word and Sacrament, Principle 2, page 7.)

Baptismal CovenantWe listen deeply as we hear, read and study God's word. As God's word speaks to us, it comes both as command and promise. We listen to see how the message challenges us and encourages us in our lives. We listen for God's call and God's guidance. And we listen to the words of the Lord's Supper to remind us that the body of Christ was given for us and the blood of Christ was shed for us.

The Lord's Supper stands at the center of our lives as Christians. In that meal, we received Jesus' presence into our very bodies. We receive God's gifts of forgiveness of sin, new life and salvation. At the same time, as a community God makes us into the body of Christ, one with all in every time and place who share this holy meal. We become the body of Christ for the sake of the world. That is, we participate in God's mission. Having been showered with God's gifts, God sends us forth to take that love and compassion out into the world to the lonely, the oppressed, the poor, the hungry, the imprisoned, the angry, and those suffering in mind, body and spirit.

There are many ways we hear God's Word:
  • The public reading of Scripture
  • Preaching
  • Bible study, devotional reading and retreats
  • Sacraments
  • Experiencing the Arts
  • Forgiveness of sin
  • All aspects of a congregation's educational ministry
  • Continue the fellowship of the Lord's Supper through meal time prayer at the dinner table
Proceed to "Proclaim."

Affirmation of Baptism

Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:

live among God’s faithful people;

hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper;

proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed;

serve all people following the example of Jesus; and

strive for justice and peace in all the earth?”

Response: We do, and ask God to help and guide us.

(Evangelical Lutheran Worship, pg. 236)

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Resources for the Faith Practice: Hear the Word of God and Share In the Lord’s Supper. Use the resources below for help and additional information.

Book: A Place for You: My Holy Communion Book
Author: Daniel Erlander

Book: Fed and Forgiven: Communion Preparation and Formation
Augsburg Fortress, 2009  

Book: Longing for Enough in a Culture of More
Author: Paul Escamilla, Wipt and Stock Publishers, September, 1997

Lord’s Table: The Meaning of Food in Early Judaism and Christianity
Author: Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Smithsonian Institution Press, March, 1994

Luther Seminary Communion Bread Recipe

Book: Seasons of Communion: A Planning Workbook for Sharing the Lord’s Table Through the Christian Year
Author: Paul Escamilla, Wipf and Stock Publishers, February 2002

Select Learning Courses at www.selectlearning.org:
•How Lutherans Interpret the Bible (seven session course, Dr. Mark Alan Powell
•Encountering God in Scripture: Finding Yourself in the Story of God, taught by Ten Teachers from Luther Seminary
•Sacraments in Action (two ten minute sessions)

Audio: Table of Plenty

Author: John Michael Talbot, MP3 download or audio cassette

Tableau of the Last Supper (Includes the Passover Meal)
First English Lutheran, Oshkosh, W.I. Available from the East Central Synod of Wisconsin Resource Center

Welcome to the Lord’s Table, an instructional pamphlet for those making First Communion
Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Available from the Eastern North Dakota Resource Center 

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