Abiding Word, a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS),
and our fellow church organization in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), do practice closed communion. Here's a brief explanation.
As Lutheran Christians, we believe the Lord's Supper offers many blessings. We actually receive the body and blood of the Lord Jesus, along with bread and wine.
While the Lord's Supper grants many blessings, there are warnings in Scripture against taking the Supper in an unworthy manner. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29) Before you join us at the Lord's table we want you to fully understand what you are doing, so that you many receive this Sacrament to your benefit.
The Lord's Supper also gives you a wonderful opportunity to make a public statement about what you believe. No one says anything, but our actions during communion send a message. The message is simply this--when we come forward for communion at Abiding Word, we are showing everyone we agree with everything Abiding Word, a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), teaches about the Bible.
As a visitor we believe it would be unloving to ask that you express your agreement with us until you have an opportunity to learn what we believe, teach, and confess.
Please know that closed communion is not a judgment against your saving faith in Jesus as the Savior.
We want you to be united with us in our beliefs about God's Word. We want you to enjoy the blessings the Lord's Supper affords. So we welcome the opportunity to sit down with you and discuss our beliefs in more detail. This will allow you to see if our church truly does teach everything the Bible teaches--no more and no less (Deuteronomy 4:2).
For more information about our communion practice, you can call our Pastor at 677-9357, or contact us.