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Worthy eating?

Is confession of sins the first course of the eucharist?

Q: Our pastor required us to come to a Wednesday service of confession and forgiveness before taking communion on Sundays. Have we reinterpreted the scriptural warning about unworthy eating and drinking? Can the entire congregation now be ready to eat and drink at the Lord's Table?

Holding a separate service just for confession and absolution before a service of communion is an old practice for Lutherans. It was used particularly when communion was celebrated more infrequently than now. The liturgy for Corprorate Confession and Forgiveness (Lutheran Book of Worship, page 193) may be used for such a service.


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