(Closed) Lutheran vs. Methodist

posted 7 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m a bit conused. I was raised Lutheran and the only enforced rule about communion in our church is that you have to be confirmed (basically high school aged) to take it. Other than that, the Pastor does not interfer with people that want to take Communion. They obviously have rules about it, but he doens’t run around during Communion telling people they can and cannot take it. 

What types of beliefs about Communion is he going to enforce for the wedding?

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

There is different “kinds” of Lutherans. The Missouri Synod is one of the “stricter” ones, in contrast the ELCA is not as “strict.” I suspect this would apply to communion.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@red_rose: I agree; I was raised in an ELCA church. We were completely open to anyone who believed in Christ as their Savior receiving communion. Actually, the only time I’ve ever encountered being unable to take communion was when I was in a Catholic church (you can’t take communion during mass unless you completed catholic confirmation classes). However, I’m unaware of many Missouri Synod practices, other than the general belief that their practices tend to be “stricter.”

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was raised in the Wisconsin synod and then switched to Missouri synod later. Wisoconsin is stricter than Missouri, but in a Wisconsin synod church (I am pretty sure) you need to be confirmed in that particular synod to take communion. Confirmed members are free to take communion at any time. A visiting member from another Wisconsin synod church would need to speak with the pastor before taking communion at another church where they are not a member.

Just how I remember things going 🙂

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Hmm. That does seem odd to me. I’m Baptist and have always practiced “Christian” communion where they say that one should only have accepted Christ to take communion, it doesn’t matter where or what denomnation it was. Though honestly is the pastor going to be asking to see everyone’s confirmation certificates or whatever before they take communion at a wedding? 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was have been non-denom growing up (my choice- non of my family attended church, only me) However, I am now lutheran. It was strange to me in the beginning coming from a church where all are welcome to commune to only confirmed believers “allowed” was very odd. But I did learn, and I am surprised that your pastor did not explain this to you. in 1 cor 11:17-34 it speaks about the lords supper. this is one reason why people see us as “strict”. In the scripture is shows that taking communion without understanding is dangerous. However, in my church we do not refuse you coming to the alter, but instead encourage you to come for prayer. Hope this helps. I can explain further if wanted. =D

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have been non-denom growing up (my choice- none of my family attended church, only me) However, I am now lutheran. It was strange to me in the beginning coming from a church where all are welcome to commune to only confirmed believers “allowed” was very odd. But I did learn, and I am surprised that your pastor did not explain this to you. in 1 cor 11:17-34 it speaks about the lords supper. this is one reason why people see us as “strict”. In the scripture is shows that taking communion without understanding is dangerous. However, in my church we do not refuse you coming to the alter, but instead encourage you to come for prayer. Hope this helps. I can explain further if wanted. =D

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