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Communion frequency

How often must I participate?

Is it wrong to participate in communion on an irregular basis? When one feels it will be the most meaningful, for example? Or must I accept communion every time it's offered?

We don't have to come to communion regularly, we get to come regularly. It's a gift. The opportunity to receive the Lord's body and blood in, with and under the bread and wine is a privilege just like worshiping each Lord's Day, a privilege we need regularly.


How does the Lutheran church answer the question, "Why do you (the Lutheran church) exist?"

The ELCA constitution is helpful here: "The Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God's creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world."


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